How to Turn a Single Barley Twist

Blenk, Steve
April 2004
Woodworker's Journal;Apr2004, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p24
This article explores the question how to turn a single barley twist. A common twist we see in British and American furniture turning is the barley form. To lay out a single barley twist, turn your spindle profile and leave it slightly proud over diameter, the extra will sand off during your finishing process. For a single barley twist 1/3 the total diameter of the turning is recommended. If lathe will run at low speeds, one can sand the spiral under power. One can start with 80-grit or so to remove chisel marks, but one should be careful not to oversand and ruin one's form.


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