Turning Furniture Parts (Part 2)
For smooth surfaces and intricate elements, a little practice makes perfect
Synopsis: In Part 2 of Peter Galbert’s series on turning, learn the subtleties involved in planing a smooth surface, plus cutting the precise notches, beads, and coves seen in traditional furniture parts. Master these cuts in practice and real furniture spindles will be a breeze. Galbert demonstrates some techniques that the usual sources neglect to explain, such as how to adjust your footwork and grip to put the tools and your body in the most comfortable position. Topics include planing with a skew chisel, cutting V-notches, cutting beads, cutting coves, and putting it all together.
One thing furniture makers don’t realize when they approach turning is that the smooth surfaces, sharp notches, and lovely beads and coves they covet all take a bit of practice. The great thing about a practice session is that you don’t have to fret over making something precious.
The basic drills in this…