23" jitterbug lure, wall hanger #3: Prepping the blank and making templates

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Blog entry by grosa posted 09-10-2020 12:58 AM 444 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Prepping the basswood blank I jointed one end square to the side and cut the ends off on the sliding table. Our sliding table saw has a 12” blade and has a maximum blade height of 4”. The blank is 8” so i will turn the stock 4 times to get a somewhat even cut. I did this at both ends and the blank ended up at 29”.

Next i screwed on a face plate on one end and marked the center on the other.

Then i clipped off the corners on the blank to make it easier to turn. By removing the face plate on the saw you gain another 1/2” on your cut but, you need to be careful it don’t tip.

Now i need to make the template for the big aluminum bill. I found a scrap piece of 1/2” MDF that had black laminate on one face. This template has to be 1/2” or more because i will be cutting the 1/16” thick aluminum with an inverted pinrouter and it will have a 1/4” solid carbide 2 flute up spiral bit and the pin that follows the template needs to be a little bit away from the bit. I just use spray adhesive on the back of the pattern i drew and stick it on the 1/2” MDF.

Then i cut it on a bandsaw.

Next i sand the edges with a DA and a flexible block with 80 grit. With my fingers i feel for any bumps or uneven areas and sand until smooth and the curves are all even.

Next i need to cut the template to turn the body on the lath, this one has to be 1/4” thick to fit in the duplicator slot. I used the same process on this one as i did on the first one.

Next will be setting up the duplicator on the lathe to turn the blank.

-- Have a great day.

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