I don’t own a lathe so, when possible I’ve been going up to Pratt Fine Arts and getting lessons from whomever will teach me .. so it’s going very slowly. I tried speeding up the stretchers by the octagon method on the table saw, but I’m a serious novice when it comes to turning.
Anne of All Trades giving excellent instruction.
Stretchers pre-shaped on the table saw.
I started wondering if I could use my shave horse and draw knife to move things along. I spent 6 days in my Windsor chair class shaping spindles so I might be able to pull it off.
Here’s what I did and you can be the judge. I’ll put up more photos as things progress. Oh, and by the way, I think this was really Jason Thigpen’s (@txheritage) idea.
First I created stop cuts on the table saw. See far right leg.
Then, after careful lay out and lots of pencil lines, I trimmed with a sharp draw knife.
Trimming to the stop cuts.
Once most of the waste was gone I went to the spoke shaves and did , finally, finish cuts with my small Lee Valley concave spoke shave.
This is me using pencil lines to make sure I even things up.
Then I trimmed the feet the same way.
And finally I made the rounded top with draw knife and rasps. See next picture for work in progress.
I’m making a tool chest for my larger carving tools that are currently floating around in the shop. An ax, and adze, etc. If things go right, the small chest will hang on the wall when not being used to transport these tools.
It’s a modification of the Japanese tool chest but I’ll be using the mitered dovetail should for the joinery (video below). I like this joint because I can plow through the slot for the bottom to fit into but it doesn’t show. If that’s confusing, keep an eye out and you’ll see what I mean.