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PREPARING A LENGTH OF WOOD FOR TURNING

V. Ryan 2012

 

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Square section material should not be set up between the centres for turning, as this is potentially dangerous, unless an experienced wood turner is operating the lathe. Normally, the wood is first prepared with a plane, removing the four corners. The stages are outlined below.

 
Diagonal lines are drawn across the corners, at the end of each piece of wood, to find the centres.
   
A compass is used to draw a circle at each end of the piece of wood.
   
 
   
An octagon is drawn, with its sides touching the circle, at each end of the piece of wood.
The waste wood is removed with a suitable plane.
 
 
 
A tenon saw is used to cut a diagonal groove at ONE end of the piece of wood. This is to help the drive centre prongs to grip the wood.
   
The drive centre is hammered into position, at the grooved end, using a mallet.
   
The wood is then set up in the lathe, ready for turning.
   
 
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