October 3, 2010

round, square, round

Usually to make a large radius round over you'd use a shaper with some large tooling, but in a small shop like mine sometimes you have to get creative (my wadkin shaper is still making an excellent out feed table but nothing more). I needed to get a 3" radius for some gables on my current kitchen build. It's 40-50's inspired.

After laminating your stock, joint square and then cut your corners 45 degrees and then 22.5 degrees. The last cut had the possibility of being sketchy, i took it slow. Next time I will figure out a safer way to do it.

The piece pushed the limits of the lathe, but with a slow rpm the lathe was content with not much vibration.

Next was the part that i was dreading, quartering the piece. It went way smoother then i had hoped. I began with attaching a sled and riping down the middle.

Still a fair bit of material so off to the bandsaw.

officially halved.

The sled also acted as a planer sled. Awesome.

Now with a flat reference surface, it's time to 1/4.

The parallel clamp keeps my fingers away.




  1. Very nice,Tyler.
    You might want to use the brown paper joint next time.Not only would it eliminate the need for a saw sled but you would also get full quarters having not lost any material from the saw kerf...

  2. I did think about that technique, it's pretty awesome. But having never used it before or seen it used in person, i wasn't sure of the holding power of the glue/paper/glue. My tail stock was maxed out so i couldn't cap the end with plywood and screws for extra holding power. Right or wrong, I just felt safer with the saw kerf route.

  3. I'm with you there,safety is paramount,especially when turning!

  4. "The sled also acted as a planer sled. Awesome."

    Tyler, I share your joy in multifunction jigs.

    You came out with great results, well done.

    I just picked up a pair of PM45 lathes, so my W-T L1152 is unneeded (Also, I've given up on finding a factory stand). Do you need any parts for yours?

  5. Darnell, congrats on the 45s. The lathe is next in line for some love. The spindle bearings need changing, and who knows what else. Does yours have the indexing pin? I'd love that part. Also my tool rest has got a crack but still functional. Is your machine 100% operational? I wouldn't want to take pieces from a usable lathe.

    thanks for the offer!


  6. Thanks Tyler, they're a little rough but they're good enough for this newbie turner.

    Oooh, Walker Turner non-standard bearings. That bill is going to suck.

    I was told my lathe ran when I bought it six years ago, but it's been in storage since. Yours is far more complete (lucky), so let's get it all there. I've got the pin, and I'm pretty sure I've got at least one rest. Anything else?