George Vondriska

How to Turn a Cylinder with a Router

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Master woodworker George Vondriska demonstrates the process of turning a cylinder for your woodworking projects by using a router. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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15 Responses to “How to Turn a Cylinder with a Router”

  1. Robert

    With a bit more work a worm and gear with a small stain and you could crank and drive the router at the same time. bigjgoode’s idea tops it off.

  2. Chuck McCafferty

    By attaching a piece of plexiglass (removable) to the router sled, you could also maintain the suction in the box and decrease dust coming out the exposed rectangle at the top as you watch the progress of the cut.

  3. Clarke Woodruff

    Is there a plan for this jig?

  4. F.Robert Sweezy

    Could you attach a variable speed drill to the drive end on some sort of bracket and lock in drill at a slow speed to turn the blank?

  5. Blake Dozier

    Great idea. I have already thought of a specific project. Thank you.

  6. Jay

    As you move the router, you'll have only one hand on the router to control it and it will be a a bit of a reach when the router is on the opposite side of the hand crank. If the post that is being turned is a lot shorter than the inside of the box, you will need to create some other method to secure the tail end in its center. Sears had a legacy device they called a "router crafter" that you can often find on eBay. It is adjustable and can handle a 3"x 36" work piece . The router sits on top as in your device, but is connected by a cable. As the crank is turned, the router is pulled across the work piece. You can create cylinders or spiral roping, coving, etc. The quality of the cuts is not as smooth as on the lathe, but doing roping on a conventional lathe isn't possible. I have one of those, used it for some impressive looking table legs, but otherwise seldom use it. Filing and sanding the rough edges on 4 spiralled legs can get quite tedious.

  7. Joshua Ulrich

    Nice, I enjoyed this newer to this so gives me some ideas... Thamks

  8. Steve

    You mentioned a 3/4 router bit. What shape/ type of bit are you using?

  9. Woody's Workshop

    This is a fantastic Jig! I don't know who came up with this, but they deserve a drink on me! How is it for making small diameter cylinders, such as dowel rods? Threaded T-Nuts at the Dead Center end with a jamb nut would make it a bit easier. Also, a removable crank so you can put the threaded rod into a drill would make sanding easier.

  10. Joseph

    If you left the shaft protrude past the crank handle, you could chuck a variable speed drill on the shaft and have it turn the piece while you have two hands free to sand.

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