November 10, 2014 – #2

I finished the last post with the initial leg completed.  As it happened, it was not quite perfect and had to be tweaked a little prior to creating the rest of the legs, but no biggie, making the first one is the easiest.  Imitating it is really hard and time-consuming.

I suppose if you were working on a lathe every day and it was second-nature, the job would go faster, but if you are like me, a generalist willing to try new things without really knowing what I am getting into, then these jobs take on a life of their own.

Please don’t misunderstand me, I love trying new techniques, working on new projects and trying something unusual or difficult. That is what makes life interesting and dynamic. Suffice it to say, the legs took longer than thought, and I had to put them on and off the lathe to tinker them into a semblance of uniformity.  Lots of bad things can happen on a lathe in an instant – you can touch the chisel to the work inadvertently, or a knot can catch the tool and direct it to where you do not want it to go…..blah, blah, blah….


The above photo shows the leg in its final form.  How does this happen?  With lots and lots of sandpaper and time:


I have found that semi used sanding belts work very well on the lathe for the rougher sandpaper – they are easy to rip into strips and they can remove material quickly to form the final shapes.

Here are the other 3 legs (both vertically and horizontally!):

IMG_0793  IMG_0795

After that, it was relatively easy to apply my finish – in this case a wipe-on polyurethane and then sand the legs on the lathe between coats.  I am aiming for 5 coats, the same as I put on the top.

Next step, the apron (or the skirt as it is sometimes known)

See you then,


About jhcarpentry

I am a teacher in the Construction Carpentry Program at the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) for the New Frontiers School board. This blog is a way for me to connect with my students.
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