Sunday, November 8, 2009

Making Tops - My Spin on this topic

Trimming the handle using a spindle gouge.

After using a vibration tool to make a pattern on the maple the entire top is sanded.
Adding colour with a pink Sharpie. After a friction polish has been applied.
Parting off with a small skew chisel.
The finished product. Takes about five minutes to complete one top on the lathe but add on preparation time and each top takes about ten minutes to finish. Spiral line is put on at slow speed.


  1. Hey John, I have seen you make these with a skew! Why step down to a spindle gouge just because the handle is oak?

  2. I use the skew and spindle gouge interchangeably. So take your pick, there does not seem to be any difference in the quality of the surface.