## Squaring a round

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• Hello, I m trying to turn the ends of a staff into a square for the purposes of linking it up with a lantern I have modified. Right now I m attempting to use
Message 1 of 11 , Apr 1, 2010
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Hello,

I'm trying to turn the ends of a 'staff' into a square for the purposes of linking it up with a lantern I have modified.
Right now I'm attempting to use my hand saw to saw down one side.
Would this be better accomplished with plane instead?
I can share pictures of the items if that would make this make more sense.

David "Volk" Mc.
Nullum beneficium inpune stat.
• Are you going for a smooth transittion from round to square,so basically four cone shapes down the shaft, or a socket with a ridge, so four rectangles cut out?
Message 2 of 11 , Apr 2, 2010
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Are you going for a smooth transittion from round to square,so basically four cone shapes down the shaft, or a socket with a ridge, so four rectangles cut out?   if the first, plane, if the second, saw
alex.

On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 11:20 PM, Electric Wolf wrote:

Hello,

I'm trying to turn the ends of a 'staff' into a square for the purposes of linking it up with a lantern I have modified.
Right now I'm attempting to use my hand saw to saw down one side.
Would this be better accomplished with plane instead?
I can share pictures of the items if that would make this make more sense.

David "Volk" Mc.
Nullum beneficium inpune stat.

• ... I would be inclined to use a drawknife (or just a pocket knife if you don t have the other tool), perhaps with a plane or sandpaper to smooth it up. I
Message 3 of 11 , Apr 2, 2010
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On Thu, April 1, 2010 11:20 pm, Electric Wolf wrote:
> Hello,
>
>
> I'm trying to turn the ends of a 'staff' into a square for the purposes
> of linking it up with a lantern I have modified. Right now I'm attempting
> to use my hand saw to saw down one side. Would this be better accomplished
> with plane instead? I can share pictures of the items if that would make
> this make more sense.

I would be inclined to use a drawknife (or just a pocket knife if you
don't have the other tool), perhaps with a plane or sandpaper to smooth it
up. I assume you only need to square a short bit of the staff, to fit a
socket or the like?

Incidentally, if you get a bit of small angle iron (considerably less than
the diameter of the staff) you can lay the V of it along the staff and use
the edge as a ruler. It will give you a true straight line down the
staff. Fiddle with a compass or dividers until it goes around the
circumference just four times and ends up where you started, then use the
angle iron to draw a line through each mark. Should give you a true
square layout. Whittle down to those marks. It may still be too large
for your socket, but it will be much easier to reduce it evenly if you
have a true square to work from.

Hope this helps,

Ulfhedinn
• ... Thank you both very much. I think draw knife is more what I was looking for when I mentioned plane and tried asking the hardware person about a draw
Message 4 of 11 , Apr 2, 2010
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On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 4:12 AM, <conradh@...> wrote:
> On Thu, April 1, 2010 11:20 pm, Electric Wolf wrote:
>> Hello,
>>
>>
>> I'm trying to turn the ends of a 'staff' into a square for the purposes
>> of linking it up with a lantern I have modified. Right now I'm attempting
>> to use my hand saw to saw down one side. Would this be better accomplished
>> with plane instead? I can share pictures of the items if that would make
>> this make more sense.
>
>
> I would be inclined to use a drawknife (or just a pocket knife if you
> don't have the other tool), perhaps with a plane or sandpaper to smooth it
> up.  I assume you only need to square a short bit of the staff, to fit a
> socket or the like?
>
> Incidentally, if you get a bit of small angle iron (considerably less than
> the diameter of the staff) you can lay the V of it along the staff and use
> the edge as a ruler.  It will give you a true straight line down the
> staff.  Fiddle with a compass or dividers until it goes around the
> circumference just four times and ends up where you started, then use the
> angle iron to draw a line through each mark.  Should give you a true
> square layout.  Whittle down to those marks.  It may still be too large
> for your socket, but it will be much easier to reduce it evenly if you
> have a true square to work from.
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> Ulfhedinn
>

Thank you both very much. I think draw knife is more what I was
looking for when I mentioned plane and tried asking the hardware
I wasn't originally looking at doing a short section so I was hoping
to find something besides hoping I could keep my saw steady and level
at a very complex angle. And I was going by markings on the end of
the staff so that angle iron idea is most excellent. I have a plan
that will allow me to cut a smaller section down and I will look into
a draw knife.

Again, thank you both very much. :)

--
David "Wolf" Mc.
Nullum beneficium inpune stat.
• No sweat, thats what the group is for, right? Remember to post pics when your done, and tell us what technique you went with!
Message 5 of 11 , Apr 2, 2010
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No sweat, thats what the group is for, right?  Remember to post pics when your done, and tell us what technique you went with!

On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 2:28 AM, Electric Wolf wrote:

On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 4:12 AM, <conradh@...> wrote:
> On Thu, April 1, 2010 11:20 pm, Electric Wolf wrote:
>> Hello,
>>
>>
>> I'm trying to turn the ends of a 'staff' into a square for the purposes
>> of linking it up with a lantern I have modified. Right now I'm attempting
>> to use my hand saw to saw down one side. Would this be better accomplished
>> with plane instead? I can share pictures of the items if that would make
>> this make more sense.
>
>
> I would be inclined to use a drawknife (or just a pocket knife if you
> don't have the other tool), perhaps with a plane or sandpaper to smooth it
> up.  I assume you only need to square a short bit of the staff, to fit a
> socket or the like?
>
> Incidentally, if you get a bit of small angle iron (considerably less than
> the diameter of the staff) you can lay the V of it along the staff and use
> the edge as a ruler.  It will give you a true straight line down the
> staff.  Fiddle with a compass or dividers until it goes around the
> circumference just four times and ends up where you started, then use the
> angle iron to draw a line through each mark.  Should give you a true
> square layout.  Whittle down to those marks.  It may still be too large
> for your socket, but it will be much easier to reduce it evenly if you
> have a true square to work from.
>
> Hope this helps,
>
> Ulfhedinn
>

Thank you both very much. I think draw knife is more what I was
looking for when I mentioned plane and tried asking the hardware
I wasn't originally looking at doing a short section so I was hoping
to find something besides hoping I could keep my saw steady and level
at a very complex angle. And I was going by markings on the end of
the staff so that angle iron idea is most excellent. I have a plan
that will allow me to cut a smaller section down and I will look into
a draw knife.

Again, thank you both very much. :)

--
David "Wolf" Mc.
Nullum beneficium inpune stat.

• Drawknife would be my choice, if you already have one and know how to use it. If not, there s a learning curve... and it will be tricky in any case because you
Message 6 of 11 , Apr 2, 2010
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Drawknife would be my choice, if you already have one and know how to use it.  If not, there's a learning curve... and it will be tricky in any case because you may have grain reversal to deal with as you go around four sides.

Another way to do it would be to first mark out the four corner lines using Ulfedhinn's angle-stock trick (nice one!), and then use a crosscut saw to make a series of shallow cuts between the marks - cutting not quite all the way to the line - then use a chisel to pop off the waste, and then clean up with the chisel to the line.  Same method many use to make tenons (which is basically what you are doing).

Trying to hand-rip the sides off sounds like a difficult business, but if you're really good with a ripsaw it's certainly possible.  Again, I'd saw outside the line and clean up with a chisel.

Cheers,
Tim

Electric Wolf wrote:
Hello,

I'm trying to turn the ends of a 'staff' into a square for the purposes of linking it up with a lantern I have modified.
Right now I'm attempting to use my hand saw to saw down one side.
Would this be better accomplished with plane instead?
I can share pictures of the items if that would make this make more sense.

David "Volk" Mc.
Nullum beneficium inpune stat.

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• a hammer or heavy object works for me all the time, the analyst wasnt really happy but i did get the job done..... pete have at ye with a flock of flaming
Message 7 of 11 , Apr 2, 2010
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 a hammer or heavy object works for me all the time, the analyst wasnt really happy but i did get the job done.....petehave at ye with a flock of flaming yodeling hamsters !!! --- On Fri, 4/2/10, Electric Wolf wrote:From: Electric Wolf Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Squaring a roundTo: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.comDate: Friday, April 2, 2010, 2:20 AMHello,I'm trying to turn the ends of a 'staff' into a square for the purposes of linking it up with a lantern I have modified.Right now I'm attempting to use my hand saw to saw down one side.Would this be better accomplished with plane instead?I can share pictures of the items if that would make this make more sense.David "Volk" Mc.Nullum beneficium inpune stat.------------------------------------<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/medievalsawdust/Yahoo! Groups Links<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/medievalsawdust/<*> Your email settings:    Individual Email | Traditional<*> To change settings online go to:    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/medievalsawdust/join    (Yahoo! ID required)<*> To change settings via email:    medievalsawdust-digest@yahoogroups.com     medievalsawdust-fullfeatured@yahoogroups.com<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:    medievalsawdust-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:    http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

• Well. On the thought of using a bigger hammer. You could always use a piece of bar stock hammered down on the end you want rounded. Sharpening the forming end
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Well… On the thought of using a bigger hammer… You could always use a piece of bar stock hammered down on the end you want rounded.  Sharpening the forming end would definitely help…

Bercilak

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 a hammer or heavy object works for me all the time, the analyst wasnt really happy but i did get the job done..... pete have at ye with a flock of flaming yodeling hamsters !!! --- On Fri, 4/2/10, Electric Wolf wrote: From: Electric Wolf Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Squaring a round To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com Date: Friday, April 2, 2010, 2:20 AMHello, I'm trying to turn the ends of a 'staff' into a square for the purposes of linking it up with a lantern I have modified. Right now I'm attempting to use my hand saw to saw down one side. Would this be better accomplished with plane instead? I can share pictures of the items if that would make this make more sense. David "Volk" Mc. Nullum beneficium inpune stat. ------------------------------------ <*> To visit your group on the web, go to:      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/medievalsawdust/Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to:     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/medievalsawdust/ <*> Your email settings:     Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to:     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/medievalsawdust/join     (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email:     medievalsawdust-digest@yahoogroups.com     medievalsawdust-fullfeatured@yahoogroups.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:     medievalsawdust-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:     http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/

• ... Not sure how either of those will work out. Also on the subject of grain, I don t think it has one... I m not overly sure it is wood honestly... It is a
Message 9 of 11 , Apr 2, 2010
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On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 10:16 PM, Royce wrote:

Well… On the thought of using a bigger hammer… You could always use a piece of bar stock hammered down on the end you want rounded.  Sharpening the forming end would definitely help…

Bercilak

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 a hammer or heavy object works for me all the time, the analyst wasnt really happy but i did get the job done..... pete have at ye with a flock of flaming yodeling hamsters !!! --- On Fri, 4/2/10, Electric Wolf wrote:

Not sure how either of those will work out.  Also on the subject of grain, I don't think it has one...  I'm not overly sure it is wood honestly...
It is a closet rod.  It looks like wood.  But it isn't bowed like the large 'dowel' (for lack of a better word) I picked up before it.  It seems to cut and drill just fine and it seems to look like sawdust coming out of it but I'm not sure it is wood.  I am going to pick up the draw knife this weekend and we'll see how it goes.

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• Yeah - saw down and drawknife are probably the optimal way to go. Ya know, it s a good thing for anyone who does woodworking to have a drawknife and skills to
Message 10 of 11 , Apr 3, 2010
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Yeah - saw down and drawknife are probably the optimal way to go.

Ya know, it's a good thing for anyone who does woodworking to have a drawknife and skills to use one in their tool set. They are hellova lotta fun and massively useful, and you can usually find an antique one that's fairly inexpensive.
• I m coming to this one late. I m a fan of using a draw-knife and/or a chisel but depending on how much you need to remove you can also put and aggressive grit
Message 11 of 11 , Apr 3, 2010
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I'm coming to this one late. I'm a fan of using a draw-knife and/or a
chisel but depending on how much you need to remove you can also put and
aggressive grit into a belt sander and have at it. Securing a clamp to
the pole and orienting the clamp up/down/left/right will help with
roughing the square in. An old fashion framing square rather then a
speed square will help check perpendicularity.

Good luck!
Sean
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