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be larger: the top shown here is about 2 in. in diameter. Then mount one end of the cylinder in a three-jaw chuck or a homemade jamb-chuck (see photo) which attaches to a faceplate at the headstock. This is necessary because you'll later need to do some turning with the tailstock removed. Make sure the cylinder extends at least two or three inches into the jamb chuck. You can make the fit tighter by wetting the cylinder just before inserting it in the chuck.

Now proceed to shape the top. following the sequence in the photos. First I use a skew chisel to turn down the top's stem with a peeling cut. I continue with the skew until the stem is about I1/: in. long and 7* in. in diameter. Clean the endgrain to the left of the stem with the long point of the skew. This face will become the upper side of the top, and it'll Ux>k better if you make it slightly concave. Then use a fingernail gouge to turn a hollow that will form the underside of the top. Turn the hollow until the cylinder is about l/n in. thick at this point. This begins to shape the bottom of the top. which should be a smooth, slightly concave curve.

After shaping the underside of the top, turn down the diameter of the stem as small as possible using the gouge. Then remove the tailstock and continue to turn down the stem until it's about % in. in diameter. This is a delicate operation, but the secret lies in how you use the skew chisel. Wrap your index linger around the back side of the stem and pinch the skew gently but firmly against the wood to keep the stem from flexing. Finish the tiny stem by trimming the end to a point.

Next, cut the top free of the cylinder by turning away the remainder of the hollow with the fingernail gouge. You can prevent the gouge's tip from catching

Mount the wooden cylinder in a three-jaw chuck or jamb chuck (shown here). You can tum down a section of the cylinder so you won't have to driB such a big hole in the chuck to receive the cylinder.
Rough-turn the top's stem at the tailstock end using a peel cut with the skew chisel.
Continue to turn down the stem until it's about l'/i in. long and 7< in. in diameter.
Shape the underside of the top by turning a hollow with a gouge until the cylinder is about 7. in. in diameter at this point.

Remove the tailstock and finish the stem with a freshly sharpened skew chisel. Wrap your index finger around the stem and pinch the skew against it lightfy.

Turn the stem diameter as thin as possible with the gouge.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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