I'm Cutting Corners
Hi there fraternity
Just a short one. I think.
As you know or donít know I have been attempting to hospitalise myself learning the art of turning. And up to now itís fair to middling, with the emphasis on middling.
Now yesterday I have a favourite awl thing come canvas stitching tool which I utilise quite a lot and the handle gave up the ghost. I canít understand as I only hit it with my East Wing.
So, decided to turn my attention to spindle turning in order to produce a handle like no other. Couldnít find a piece of 2x2 oak so glued 3 bits together.
Now for you out there that start with a square piece of wood itís quite a rattling bone numbing affair to start with 90-degree angles, and I feel Iím trying to batter the wood into submission in order to get it roundish.
I did the usual research and found many turners tilt their band saw to 45 and take off the corners or just go for it free hand. Tilting my table isnít that user friendly and, in my case, free hand usually means no hand, so decided to make a jig thing.
Wonít go into the step by step as itís fairly self-explanatory from the photos and have posted this just in case anyone gets something from it or can improve on the design.
Took a cutting of 18mm, 3/4inch ply and bolted an old mitre Gauge track to the underside, then ran it through the bandsaw, this way the cut has to be perfectly parallel to the mitre track.
The bit I cut off acts as the carrier. I just set my table saw blade to 45 at 14mm high and ran it through, turned it around and same cut, resulting in a 90-degree slot set vertically.
I then routered in two slots to allow the carriage to slide back and forth giving me the freedom to cut as much or little from the corner.
The bottom section just has two threaded inserts to accommodate the spindle handles.
Now I know itís crude and isnít a masterpiece of precision engineering, but it was never designed to be. Itís jig to hold a lump of wood approximately in position to allow me to cut the corners off.
Now before I sign off some of the astute amount you might be asking, what happens when you are down to your last cut and there is no opposite corner to fit into the jig.
On the second last cut you donít saw to the end, leave it attached by a few mmís, that way it still sits in the jig for your last cut. Then simply peel off the still attached corner.
Is it fit for the job, yes, it works a treat? Am I fit for the job, no I usually need treatment?