Mostly used in reproduction and repair and for Mediterranean-style furniture, spirals are not truly turnings because most of the work is really carving, writes furniture designer and maker Eric Schramm. He offers tips for ensuring strength as well as aesthetic beauty in balancing pitch and depth of the cuts. He explains how to lay out the spiral by dividing the cylinder’s circumference into four equal parts and the length into spaces equal to or slightly less than the cylinder diameter. He explains how to lay out double spirals and how to cut them using a saw, lathe, and files. He discusses making tapered spirals for flame finials, too. Side information shows examples of spirals, and an accompanying article by Larry Green explains how to use your tablesaw to start cutting a spiral piece.

From Fine Woodworking #33