In part 1 I made the bow lathe and started learning how to use it. The turning was rough. Tools would dig in and gouge the wood. I started thinking that one of my practice pieces was rather skinny and was flexing between the points. Without some kind of "follower" to keep the wood from flexing, there was not much chance for a good result.
So I got an octagonal pine leg blank that I recently made for practice that was about 11" long, 1 1/4" diameter at the widest spot, tapering to 7/8" at each end. My earlier practice pieces were about 17-18" long and 1" diameter.
|The octagonal tapered leg on the lathe|
|One side turned round-ish, then flipped end-for-end and ready to work on other side|
|Using a gauge with some success|
|Using a block plane to smooth the spinning leg|
|Also tried using a scraper|
The result here was far better than my earlier attempts. But the surface finish of the leg is still not very good.
|The overall shape was OK, but that was probably because I had a perfect octagonal shape to start with|
|Some of the gouged areas|
I don't know that a bow lathe will be the answer to my desire to have compact turning capability. But it was a fun experiment. Eventually I'd like to build some kind of flywheel treadle lathe that I can attach to my workbench. But for now, at least I'm learning a lot.
I'm off for a little R&R - catch you all on the flip-flop.