Woodturning is said to be the safest form of woodworking, that said it can still be dangerous and care should be taken at all times

The methods and procedures I show here are what I do at the moment and feel safe doing, I am not suggesting that you should do things the same way, that is up to you, if you don’t feel safe doing it one way find another way of doing it.

Above all take care and remember if this is your hobby it is supposed to be fun so enjoy it.

This is a simple and fun project that everyone should be able to do and useful as well.   I use a bandsaw and a belt and disk sander but if you dont have these you could use a hand saw and sand by hand.

I start of with a square piece of wood 1 3/4” square by 8” long, in this case I am using mahogany.   I mark a line an 1 1/2” in from each end and then a diagonal line joining these lines and mount on the lathe as below.

I now turn the 2 end knobs and round of the end of the center block, then sand the ends.   Watch your fingers on the corners of the main block as these hurt if you catch them.

The next step is to cut along the diagonal line, I do this on the band saw and use a block of wood cut into a wedge shape to help keep the cut straight.   The red line you can see on top of the block is a laser level attached to the bandsaw as a cutting guide.

You now have your two door wedges all we have to do now is tidy them up.

The next step is to sand all four sides of the wedges, smooth off the front and tidy up the ends.

Your wedges are now ready to apply the finish off your choice.

For this I use my standard finish of sanding sealer and wax then polish them up on my buffing system.

Thats it project finished and you have two useful items that make nice gifts and also sell well.   You can adjust the sizes to whatever you require, happy turning.

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