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USING A CARD TEMPLATE

V. Ryan 2012

 

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When turning a detailed shape, a card template is very useful.

The template can be pushed against the wood being turned, in order to check the accuracy of the shape/form. When checking the wood with a template, always turn off the lathe, to ensure safety.
 
A card template must be drawn accurately, as any inaccuracies in the template will be reflected in the final turned workpiece. Use drawing equipment to produce accurately. This may include, a compass, flexi-curve, ruler, t-square and set square. Use good quality card.

Either, draw the symmetrical shape (dia.A) or one half (dia.B). Then carefully cut out the card shape that represents the desired final turned shape (dia. C). This can be used to as the template.
 
 
 
 
 
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USING GLASS PAPER TO APPLY A FINE FINISH WHEN TURNING
 
Although using correctly sharpened gouges, chisels and scrapers should produce a very good finish, usually glass papering is also needed. This produces a smooth finish.

A strip of ‘fine’ glass paper is held below the work. For safety reasons, if the rotating wood grips the glass paper, it should be released from the hand. The glass paper is moved continuously from left to right until a fine finish is achieved.
 
 
 
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