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The finished handrail wreath and a flat turn as well. The little flute on the bottom edge was made with a scratch stock and small gouge.
Putting the profile on the wreathed handrail.
Did some itinerant wood turning this morning for Ventura Stairbuilding in their shop here in Biddeford. A lighthouse shaped newel post.
More progress on the wreathed handrail... After tracing the falling lines using a thin piece of wood to create a graceful form, the top and bottom faces were shaped, mostly by kerfing with handsaw to my lines and quickly chopping away the waste and then smoothing the faces with a shallow gouge. The two parts were permanently bolted/glued together using the jig to ensure the proper orientation. It is still slightly over sized (by about 1/8") so I can further fair the curves and better square it up before the profile can be molded. A lot of work!
Finish cut the length and fitted the joint on the wreathed handrail today. I made a jig to represent the radius space between and the straight rail connection angles on either end and it also helped align my center joint. It's dry fitted/bolted and now I can finish squaring it. Still a good amount of stock to remove...
More wreathed handrail process pics from today... After the proper bevels were applied to the ends, there was a lot of hacking away at them in order to form the parallel sides into what can be imagined as a 1/4 of a cylinder. It was too tall/steep to fit under my bandsaw so this had to be done by saw, gouge and mallet. The top and bottom of the squared rail will be created by finding the natural falling lines. After squaring, the rail will be molded to the finished profile.
Wreathed handrail process.
Here's my version of the falling compass method I used to make the elliptical face molds for the wreathed handrail sections. See pic of the page from George Ellis's Book from the 1930s. A prism face is created by the sloped 1/4 turn tangent box through center of the plan view. This way the minimal amount of wood can be used with optimal amount of straight grain running through it. #handrail #geometry #stairbuilder #customwoodworking #millwork #maine #tangenthandrailing #traditionalwoodworking
Laying out a current wreathed handrail project for a local Stairbuilder using the tangent method. It's a weird step arrangement and the pitches change on each end which makes it a little tricky. The centerline radius will be 10.5" and it will rise about 2 feet total. #stairs #stairbuilder #handrail #custommillwork #maine #customwoodworking #woodworking #tangenthandrailing #customhandrails #woodcarving
A George Washington bust on a mid 19th c. Rococo Revival library table from a Massachusetts Historical Society furniture exhibit several years ago.