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zipi1zipi
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turning a 9 foot pole
Nov 10th, 2005 at 10:38am
 
I need to turn a 9 foot piece in one piece.  Any ideas or jigs, perhaps with a router?  The piece will be 2X2 inches and tapered to 1/2 inch.  Any ideas wellcome.  Thanks
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Re: turning a 9 foot pole
Reply #1 - Nov 10th, 2005 at 12:15pm
 
Wowzers!  Are you making a pool cue for the Jolly Green Giant!!??  Cheesy  Half inch diameter at the small end is going to be pretty flexible.  I don't know whether I would want to approach that with power tools at all.  Maybe rough out the taper on a band saw and then go with hand planes and spoke shaves.  Supporting the piece properly while cutting is going to be half the job.

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Re: turning a 9 foot pole
Reply #2 - Nov 10th, 2005 at 12:57pm
 
Buy a 9-foot long, tapered fiberglass radio antenna, or fishing pole blank, paint it brown, and pretend it is wood.
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Reply #3 - Nov 10th, 2005 at 1:43pm
 
I was reading some boat websites last year and ran across a guy who made a mast for his sailboat by turning it in one piece.

A whole bunch of folks thought he was nuts, but he figured out a way to do it and it turned out nice.

If I run across it again, I'll post it here...
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Reply #4 - Nov 10th, 2005 at 1:48pm
 

Dang! Am I good or what? I found this after a couple of minutes...

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And the name sounds awfully familiar for some reason. Doesn't Bill post on this forum or the AAW forum?
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Reply #5 - Nov 10th, 2005 at 1:50pm
 
Uh.. yeah:

Bill posts a lot on the AAW forums.. I thought that sounded familiar.

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Re: turning a 9 foot pole
Reply #6 - Nov 10th, 2005 at 2:26pm
 
He may well post on AAW, but I that he posts for sure on WoodCentral.   That would be the best way to do it, if it must be one piece.  You're going to have a good bit of flex and whipping with that much wood being that thin.  You may want to go with two steadies.  8)
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Re: turning a 9 foot pole
Reply #7 - Nov 10th, 2005 at 3:46pm
 
Is it for when you don't quite need a 10 foot pole? Grin

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Re: turning a 9 foot pole
Reply #8 - Nov 10th, 2005 at 7:12pm
 
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He may well post on AAW, but I that he posts for sure on WoodCentral.   That would be the best way to do it, if it must be one piece.  You're going to have a good bit of flex and whipping with that much wood being that thin.  You may want to go with two steadies.  8)

Bill posts everywhere and if he finds this place I'm sure he'll post here! Bill's a club member and friend, I'll let him know we're here.
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Re: turning a 9 foot pole
Reply #9 - Nov 10th, 2005 at 7:58pm
 
I don't think I touch it with a ten foot pole  Grin....  Sorry couldn't resist  Cheesy
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Reply #10 - Nov 10th, 2005 at 8:51pm
 
Anthony, most of us have his video.  You are so right about him being a great guy.  Before I found WR I had asked a question on WoodCentral.  He took the time to reply on a personal level, in a private email.  Later he caught something I mentioned as I checked in late with the chat room.  Again he emailed me and we had a running discussion for a couple of weeks on theology, turning, etc.  Great guy.   8)
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Reply #11 - Nov 11th, 2005 at 1:00am
 
It just goes to show you where there is a will to do something, there is a way.
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Reply #12 - Nov 11th, 2005 at 4:51am
 
Yep, I agree, great video. Very funny.
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Re: turning a 9 foot pole
Reply #13 - Nov 11th, 2005 at 5:24pm
 
Depending on the use of this '9 foot pole' and how strong it needs to be, you might want to consider laminating it before turning or shaping it. A single piece of wood that long and thin would probably be pretty weak. You could cut 3 sided strips similar to the way a bamboo flyrod is made and glue them up for maximum strength and flexibility.
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