Learn to Turn Spindles
With only four tools, you can turn cylinders, tapers, beads and coves
Synopsis: All turning techniques are based on cutting a bead, a cove, a cylinder, or a taper; if you can cut these four shapes, you can turn anything. In this primer on basic turning, Ernie Conover also provides an overview of the four basic turning tools, and offer tips for preparing your tools in ways that will preserve your enthusiasm and limit your frustration. Few tools come from the factory with the correct grind, so he shows how to get them ready. Also, learn how to turn matching drawer pulls.
In many ways turning is the simplest branch of woodworking: All turning is a bead, a cove, a cylinder or a taper; if you can cut these four shapes, you can turn anything. Likewise, there is no need to begin with a rack full of tools: a roughing-out gouge, a spindle gouge, a V-parting tool and a skew chisel are…