The main tools for the bellflowers will be a series of #5 sweep gouges (5/20, 5/16, 5/12, and 5/8), dental tools, 1/32â€ and 1/16â€ holly veneer, hot plate, sand and a pan.
It is time to start the bellflowers on the legs. First, I needed to make a few practice bellflowers on some scrap wood than moved to the "special leg" from an earlier mistake to see how my spacing will look between the bellflowers. On both of these practice pieces, I using two different size gouges. However I did not like the way they looked, so I have decided to go back to using to using one gouge for all three petals. Again there is a certain sequence to making bellflowers. The middle petal will be completed first and then the right petal, followed by the left. I tend to work on all the legs at one time prior to moving onto the sequence. This way I only need to set-up once for that amount of work in a sequence.
The first sequence is to evacuate the center petal for all the center bellflowers using the series of gouges. All that is required to evacuate the petal is a stab cut with the gouge. On the second side of the bellflower, make a stab cut lining up the corner edges of the gouge with the first gouge cut corners then try to pop the wood between the two stab cuts while lifting out the gouge. This creates one of the petals of the bellflower. Complete this down the center of the leg at whatever distant you want your spacing to be. I have determined that I will want to place progressively smaller dots between each bellflower and that my side bellflower petals will be only go down two third of the way of the center petal. Prior to making the stab cuts for the side petals, a line will be drawn to where the bottom of the side petals will be to relation to the bottom of the middle petal.
Using holly veneer is will make the petal with the proper corresponding gouge. With all the petals for the center petals cut, they be placed in a pan of hot sand for scorching on one side. They will then be placed into the leg. Sometimes when the wood from center of the petal is removed it is deeper than the holly veneer. I is necessary to place two cut pieces of holly into the evacuated area. (Just make sure there is glue under the first piece of holly and between the first and second piece of holly). After all the bellflowers and dots have been completed, carefully scrap down the holly with a sharp hand scrapper.
When I have set-up for scorching the center petals, I will take some more pictures to show how that looks. Then after all the legs have be completed I will show the completed leg with stringing and bellflowers. I will not be doing a cuff banding on these table legs, however, Austin is doing a cuff banding and maybe he can explain the process he used.
This part of the project will be slower due to the some family requirements and Christmas and New Year holidays. If I am unable to post anymore progress on these tables prior to Christmas, I would like to extend everyone following this post a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
File comment: Most of the tools used for making bellflowers
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File comment: Practice bellflowers on scrap wood to determine shape and spacing
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File comment: More practice bellflowers on scrapped leg - "special leg due to earlier mistake"
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File comment: The center petal of bellflower evacuated on table leg
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