line, then round the corners of the blank below the pommel. With the tip of the gouge tilted up, gradually raise the handle until the bevel is rubbing against the stock and the cutting edge is slicing into the wood (above, left). Work from below the pommel toward the bottom of the leg, continuing until the blank is cylindrical and smooth. Form the taper with a spindle gouge, adjusting a separate set of calipers for each of the dimensions as marked on your template. Then check the diameter of the blank at the appropriate points (above, right). Deepen the cuts if necessary until the measurements on the template and the diameter of the cuts are equal. Repeat for the remaining blanks.
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