But before I can turn the bead I need to create a mounting plate and two wooden rings that are oversized in diameter.
The first step is to layout center and scribe the desired circle on a piece of plywood and mahogany. Pay attention to the grain direction in the mahogany to ensure it matches. Once the circles are scribed I cut them out on the bandsaw. Again everything is over sized.
|Clamping even inch I could to ensure everything is clamped properly. The last thing you need is the wood to fly off.|
|Getting ready for gluing. Often I span my glue ups between the jaws of my vise. This allows proper support as I clamp.|
Next came the grinding of the cutter necessary to make the bead. The tool of choice is the tip of an old file. This is a common technique in the restoration world and one that should be remembered.
|Here I am filing the tip of the file to match the moulding. The file I used was a 1/8 diameter chainsaw file. Hand files are made from mild steel so modifying them is quite easy.|
|The tip of the file shaped.|
|This is the view of the first beveling on he bottom of the cutter.|
Once everything has dried and the cutter has been made its time to turn. But first I need to bore a center hole in the plywood so I can screw it to the treaded center of the Carey lathe. Side note: The W. W. Carey lathe was made in the end of the 19th century in Lowell, MA and an amazing lathe to say the least.
|The screw center.|
|I tested the cutter before reaching final thickness. I wanted to make sure I understood how the tool would cut.|
|Where I engaged the the tool to the wood.|
|Here you can see I am reaching final width and depth.|
|The turning wasn't 100% balanced and true but it was close enough.|
|The end result was a success.|
There was a lot work involved just to get ready to turn. But boy those 10 mins of turning was fun.