Bed Posts & Groceries!

I got some emails asking some questions on the bed posts. The tall fluted post was done in three sections, actually four if you count the finial. My Jet 1642 lathe will give me about 42″ center to center if I stretch the headstock and tailstock as far as I can. The SCMI will give me about 46″ as long as I use low profile drive center and tail center. Additionally, breaking the fluted section at the intersections allows much easier cutting and carving of the transition points. Sounds complicated but it’s not. We have decided this post as well as the ‘vase and acorn’ should be included in the turning video. Turning multiple sections can be a bit touchy and then have it all go together to form a nice straight post, but it’s not as hard as it looks.

The fluted post is about 2 3/4″ square, the ‘vase and acorn’ is 3 3/4″ square. The critical part of the fluted post is to determine the size of the smallest part that will be fully ’rounded’ in the flute. The bottom section is carved at the bottom, it’s too small to rout all the way down so we stop about 3/4″ from the bottom. The top of the fluted portion is our determining factor. It’s 1 3/4″ across. Using a 1/8″ radius fluting bit – you will note it took some tweaking to get it right. So a test post was turned using some auto body filler to build out or re-make a section until I got it right. 1 3/4″ – 1/8″ radius….remember that! We will walk you through it in the DVD.

On the ‘vase and acorn” the lambs tongues are carved, not turned but they are pretty quick as well. We did 32 of them, 8 per post, but it makes a nice transition. The originals do not have the lamb’s tongue but I like them. Additionally, usually the “foot” looked like a peg leg, just turned round with a slight taper, not very attractive at all so the shaped foot is my own. I think they did the peg leg because the beds set high and a fabric apron or curtain went around the bottom, thus the leg was not seen.

Today we will finish sanding the vase and acorn posts, Bob is going to finish the bed out back home as it is for his personal use. We just turned the posts here. Bob liked the style and I have my patterns and have done a few.

As to the baskets full of ‘groceries’ We’ve got beets, zucchini, yellow squash, yellow crook necks, turnips and cabbage. You may find this hard to believe but we’re getting about this amount every day. The broccoli, brussel sprouts, tomatoes and cucumbers as well as egg plant, green beans and watermelon and corn are not quite ready yet. The churches and food bank will be glad to see us show up.

Well, out to the shop and rock and roll. Need to get the headboard made for the fluted post bed.


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2 Responses to Bed Posts & Groceries!

  1. teenagewoodworker says:

    thats very cool. i have to practice my spindle turning a little bit more. ive done a few spindles but i need a lot more practice before i can do those big ones.

  2. mranch says:

    Very Nice. I haven’t done much turning, but would like too!!

    Also, very nice on the veggies!! Too Cool Charles!!


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