A variety of Turned Door Stops

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Project by GHaugen posted 11-09-2009 03:45 PM 3497 views 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a small variety of door stops that I turn. The stops in the photo are on their sides to show the straight side and diagonal sides. I start with 6/4” stock, ripped square about 11” long. These are made out with walnut and cherry. The pommels and turned elements are turned on each end (headstock and tailstock side). After the turned sections are sanded and completed, I bandsaw the two stops apart diagonally. I’ve learned with 6/4” stock, if I measure from the tip of the pommel 5 1/2” to the other side of the stop it keeps everything fairly close to the rule of thirds. Then I chuck up a 5” sanding pad in a jacob’s chuck on my lathe and sand the flat areas of the stop to completion. I learned how to make these from Alan Lacer’s DVD “Son of Skew”. My finish of choice has been Waterlox for these but I have also used wipe on poly. A fun story, the first time I made a couple and showed them to my wife, she didn’t take a second and said, “these are the stupidest thing I’ve seen. Who would buy a door stop?” Over the last three years, these have easily become a very nice “bread and butter” item. I still tease her about that. :-))

-- Greg H.-Chaseburg, WI.

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#1 posted 11-09-2009 06:26 PM

Very unique door stops great idea.

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#2 posted 11-09-2009 06:44 PM

I like your variations on the pommels. These turned out great.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 10:40 PM

Such a great idea to fancy-up a utilitarian object….Thank you for the how to do it instructions : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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