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2 First Cuts

The quickest way to make a deep stop cut in the barley twist is with a fine-toothed saw. It's straight but we'll make it cut round corners!

Do take the trouble to fit a secure (depth stop) fence: too deep a cut - going out of the waste area - is difficult to repair.

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| 24 November 2015 14:45

Ann - I think the main thing is to understand what you need from the holding jig for marking out and carving. Holding the work both ends and parallel to the bench top, and locking the work so it doesn't rotate covers most of it. Then it's a matter of figuring out what you have available for cobbling the jig together. The Rope Candlesticks show how more clearly what I did but I'm sure then are many ways of achieving the same result. How much care and effort you take will depend on whether the jig is a one-off or something you'll use many times. You'll get a neater barley twist if you can find someone to turn the 'blanks' with a true cylinder for you. Best of luck!

| 24 November 2015 12:57

I think I can start "sudoku thinking" as to how to set up a non-lathe holder for such a rounding work-in-progress, but would you like to offer some thoughts and suggestions ?!

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