Rose Cutting Frame

Rose Cutting Frames are a really interesting fly cutter where the cutter's holder rides along a rosette for it's movement (whilst also spinning). They are typically used with for adding wonderful designs to the end of an object, especially withguilloché type of work. Also, miniature cutting heads can be used in place of the fly cutter to allow for deeper cuts (Fred Armbruster developed one).

The best reference for these is Turning and Mechanical Manipulation, vol. 5 - The Principles and Practice of Ornamental or Complex Turning (1884).

On the complexity scale, they fall into:

  1. Eccentric Cutting Frame
  1. Elliptical Cutting Frame
  1. Rose Cutting Frame
  1. Epicycloidal Cutting Frame

GPhilPoirier has a snippet of one of these in action on this Instagram posting.

Just getting started?
You can delay getting one of these. Frankly, unless you have the need for one, you could make a load of stuff never having one of these. But, they can be used to make some really cool stuff!

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