Woodturning Long Table Leg continued:
Picture #1 shows me using a parting tool to cut down into the joint of the base of the leg. You can see from the picture that you cannot do this type of turning work with a round nose tool. This is a square nose tool that has a carbide tip put on it for me by a local company in Union Grove, NC. In Picture #2, I am using a flat head tool and moving it easily along the leg to do away with any ridges that I may have left with the round nose tool (shear scraper). Picture #3 shows you how to determine if the taper is straight. I place a straight edge against the leg, and, as you can see, there are places where it is not touching. In Picture #4, I have the wood turning and, with a pencil, I touch the places on the leg where the taper is not straight. This tells me where I need to cut down more.
At Picture #5, you can see that I have begun the sanding process. I use an old belt from my belt sander and just hold it on the leg like a boy shining shoes. Sand the entire round part of the leg with the wood turning on the lathe.
Picture #1: Woodturning long table leg - using parting tool.
Picture #2: Woodturning long table leg - using chisel.
Picture #3: Determining leg taper.
Picture #4: Marking uneven places to cut taper down.
Picture #5: Sanding table leg while on wood lathe.
The pictures below show you what to do to turn the second leg in the "woodturning long table leg" section of this project. You will use the first leg as your pattern.
Picture #6 shows that I have put the first table leg atop the wood turning stock for the second leg. I have marked the second leg in accordance with first leg at the base of the top, the end of the first cove, the beginning and end of the second cove, and the base of the leg at the top of the foot. You will notice in Picture #7 that I have turned the leg completely round before I draw the full turning lines for each segment of the leg. As mentioned before, turn the lathe on and mark each line completely around the stock. At this point, you will go back to the previous page and follow the directions as if you are turning the first leg.
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You will repeat this two more times.
Picture #8 shows you the four turned legs. This is a hand-turned project - it is not turned by programmed instruments and there is no copycat on it. By looking closely, you will see small variances in the likeness of the legs. I notice Leg #3 - the base of it appears to be a little shorter than the other three legs. When it is mounted on the table, especially at 5' apart, it will be hard to see the difference.
Picture #6: Mark second leg by using first leg as pattern.
Picture #7: Marked second leg of "woodturning long table leg."
Picture #8: Four woodturned long table legs.
This completes the woodturning long table leg portion of this project.
The next page of this project will illustrate mortise and tenon joinery.