post for a tilt top table

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Project by teenagewoodworker posted 07-11-2009 10:13 PM 2144 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cool little thing that i wanted to post. I saw it in an old Fine Woodworking magazine and really wanted to try it out. it is the post for a tilt top table but the only difference is that the vase at the bottom is turned like a pineapple. I thought that it looked really cool and wanted to give it a try so i grabbed a piece of sapele and headed over to my lathe and made a little mini version. i like the look of it but i need to play around with proportions because this was just to practice the look of it. Also the pineapple itself is pretty bad. I need to sharpen up my chisels but all in all i think it came out pretty good and thought it was a cool thing worth sharing.

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 10:29 PM

Nice!!, Denis!!

I think carving takes a long time to learn. So don’t feel like yours is inferior- I think you did a great job!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 10:36 PM

yeah, this isnt really that hard of a carving. i just need to sharpen up my chisels. i just ordered my stones and i will be able to sharpen up to 12000 now. before i borrowed my firends oil stone. it works good but i cant touch it up like id like to every once in awhile.

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#3 posted 07-12-2009 12:41 AM

Looks great teenage
at first I thought it was a hand grenade crazy me

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#4 posted 07-12-2009 12:59 AM

haha… i could see that. im thinking of expirimenting with the leaves on top too. not sure yet though.

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#5 posted 07-12-2009 01:06 AM

good for you !
practice your craft as much as you can ,
the more you do ,the more it reinforces the direction you want
your your carrier
to go in .
and when you get project offers ,
your confidence will win the day .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 07-12-2009 01:46 AM

Looks nice Dennis!

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#7 posted 07-12-2009 02:31 AM

Hi Dennis;

I have some carving I would like to sub out to you!

I just can’t seem to concentrate long enough anymore.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 07-12-2009 04:28 AM

Nice job dennis. Looks pretty good to me.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 07-21-2009 10:58 PM

Something I really like for sharpening carving tools is that I made a cylinder stacked of MDF disks ~3 inches in diameter – and then turned it on the lathe. I then cut grooves into it with my lathe tools so I have a row of grooves that have my carving gouge profile in them. Then I put some polishing compound in the groove (I like the flexcut gold – that comes with their honing pad from Woodcraft)
When I am trying to carve I just put the cylinder on the lathe and go over and touch up the tools when needed.
JUST REMEMBER REMEMBER REMEMBER to hold them to the bottom of the cylinder so that the do not dig in unexpectedly – and don’t overheat them as the friction can build. DONT try to cut the grooves on the lathe with your carving tools – the shafts are far too flimsy to place on the tool rest and cut at speed with them.

I found this reliable and super quick.


-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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