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    American Federal Period Desk: Installment 1

    Well, this will be a little different in as far as I've never done a work in progress kind of "serial" post. As many of you know I do as much flatwork as I do lathe work and often combine the two. This thread will detail from beginning to end my construction of a Federal Period style desk. The desk will be made of cherry, many veneers and will include inlay and banding work. So, there should be something here for everyone. However, this first installment is turning of the legs but, since the project is mostly flatwork I chose to post it here.

    First, when I've posted pictures of my past projects I've often gotten questions about where I got plans for my project. This project like almost all of my projects was born from historical pieces I've discovered in my readings but, not pure duplications. In fact, the majority of my projects carry a theme from a given period of American furniture but, are usually self created to suit my needs. I decided when I finished the curly maple hutch project that my next project would be for me; a new desk. After looking over many examples of period pieces I drew my plans for a desk as can be seen in the first picture. I would love to use Sketchup to do this but, I'm too lazy to invest the time. Drawing is much faster. As you can see, I don't get into a lot of detail...

    My first step in making this piece was to make the template master for the legs of this desk which will feature reeding. Most of the time I make a prototype using poplar but, I decided to go strait to making the first leg and I will reproduce the other 3 using this one as the master. I turn all my reproductions by hand and don't use a duplicator.

    The pictures below show the leg prior to, and following the reeding process as well as my hi-falootin reeding lathe thing (hey, it works). Using the indexing wheel on my lathe I ran 12 reeds along the axis.

    Please feel free to question my sanity at any time or offer suggestions or critques...

    Thanks for looking... more to come
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    Looking very nice. A great start.
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    Nice turning Chris...can't wait to see further installments.
    Ken
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    This is going to be fun! Can't wait to see the progress on this one!

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    Off to a great start Chris, I’m looking forward to the next installment. During the reeding process, did you eyeball the start & stop points? Will you go back and terminate the reeds using a neander tool?
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    Hi Bruce,

    I did use stops on the lathe bed to determine the start and stop points. After all of the legs are turned I will go back with a set of carving tools and and do some fine tuning work. I will also be adding banding and inlays on the flat portions on the tops of the legs.
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    Good-looking start, Chris. When you have a chance, I'd like to see more details about your "reeding lathe thing".
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    This should be fun and educational to watch

    BTW, I never thought I'd say this to you Chris, but "Nice Legs"

    ...assuming the other three will be as nice
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    Chris, I am really going to enjoy this thread. thank you!

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    Hi Chris I'mlooking forward to see your progress on this one!
    Best regards,
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