Possibly there is no more fascinating work on the lathe than that of "rolling" a bead or cutting a "hollow." Often the beginner, after having had a little practice on the lathe, is at a loss for some design to practice on and work out.
In order that the pupil may have something to guide him, the "plates" of turned moldings have been added to this manual, and in them may be found combinations of beads and fillets of almost any design.
From the designs an instructor may arrange a series of exercises for practice in the paring of beads and hollows, or, if turned up in long lengths, the molding can be used in the decorating of corners or flat surfaces. Some of the designs could be enlarged and used as chair spindles and legs. The designs are also suggestive for grill work and fire-screen panels.
In using the designs for exercises the material should be close-grained wood, such as whitewood or red gum. Pieces for spindles, legs, or moldings should be stained and finished before the center ends are cut off. It is easier to finish such pieces on the lathe because of the irregularity of the surface.