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hypothetical question i'm looking to turn my square 1.5 inch lathe stock to round, however i don't want the diameter to be less than 1.25 is it wise to use aroundover bit, and what size should i use
 

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Welcome to the forum.
Please tell us a little more of your project. How many pieces do you want to process ? Are you going to turn them on a lathe after you do the roundover ?
 

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Welcome to the forum @Roachellini.

If this is your 'lathe stock', can't you turn it on the lathe?
What is the lenght of the stock?
 

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On 1.5 inch stock, a 3/4 roundover will give you a 1.5 inch diameter dowel or rod. You can trim about 1/8th inch by turning to give you the 1.25 you're looking for. You'll probably get a little tear out on some passes (against the grain and end), so start with a little extra length on your square stock. If you're doing much of this, consider getting a quadra cut, for cutters on one bit. https://www.amazon.com/Freud-Radius...&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583451676256769&th=1 $50 on Amazon.
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Send the 1-1/2" pine thru a 13" thicknesser (AKA Planer in USA) reduce to 1-1/4" square (can do 8 sticks at a time together)
Then 5/8" radius round over router bit (4 times on router table) would give a nice 1.25 diameter round rod
 

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Exact radius round over bits won't give a smooth cylinder. The guide bearing will be riding on a curve for at least two of the passes and give a noticeable offset. 1.5" square stock is best rounded with a 5/8" diameter bit and the rest can be done on the lathe.
Remember the router table has a fence.
So it is possible to get a smooth cylinder if we start with a smooth square.rod.
We can also use a 5/8" Half round router bit instead.
(manual wood lathe would be slower but GUIDED copy lathe or CNC Lathe will be OK)
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Oh wow - that is awesome work !! Thanks for sharing your sticks with us and your craftsmanship.
Have you ever visited our sister site about walking and hiking sticks ?
 

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Welcome to the forum.
Please tell us a little more of your project. How many pieces do you want to process ? Are you going to turn them on a lathe after you do the roundover ?
This very valid question has yet to be answered and thus we are left to speculate.
Back when I was doing a lot of turning for others and I'd get a baluster job, I'd use a make shift router table to round over the edges in the middle of a stick. This significantly reduced the vibration of the roughing out process and made things a lot smoother on the hands when using the left hand as a steady to get a rounded steady rest area.
I don't have photos of my router setup because it was little more than a long piece of plywood with a router stuck under the middle. It was really helpful and made a spindle job go much quicker and easier.

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Nope - didn't know we had one. Thanks for the lead. [Oh, and thanks, generally]



Oh wow - that is awesome work !! Thanks for sharing your sticks with us and your craftsmanship.
Have you ever visited our sister site about walking and hiking sticks ?
 

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Well, that's interesting. I went to the Walking Stick Forum, attempted to join and, while waiting, so I could do my first post, they say I'm banned for spam [without ever having made a post].


Oh wow - that is awesome work !! Thanks for sharing your sticks with us and your craftsmanship.
Have you ever visited our sister site about walking and hiking sticks ?
 
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