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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 12-15-2014 08:45 PM 1070 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had it in mind for some time now to rig up something on which I could do some small wood turning. The photos above and below show the result of that.

I have some bugs to work out yet with this set up. The drive end wobbles a bit under pressure while cutting. I’m thinking I could add some support to the shaft of the drive spur to help stabilize it. I also think I need a sharpening day. I just used my straight mortising chisels. They work after a fashion, but I think they’re dull.

I turned a piece of pear wood that I had. I tried making something like a Christmas ornament. Still needs some sanding, but here it is.

Pear isn’t a very interesting wood, but boy is it hard. Some time I’ll have to try gluing up a few interesting pieces for turning.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 12-15-2014 09:04 PM

Sounds like you’re having fun, and that’s the best part of woodworking. Looking at the photos I’d say your wobble is due to the single point of mounting, the strap. As you say, addional support closer to the drive shaft should do the trick for you.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 12-15-2014 09:32 PM



Sounds like you re having fun, and that s the best part of woodworking. Looking at the photos I d say your wobble is due to the single point of mounting, the strap. As you say, addional support closer to the drive shaft should do the trick for you.

- Oldtool

I think it’s actually the chuck that moves. The drill runs OK, so I don’t think the bearing is bad.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#3 posted 12-16-2014 02:29 AM

Very cool setup Dave! You have always impressed me with your ingenuity.

Would mind taking a picture of the drill mount so I can see how you figured it out? I don’t quite ‘Get’ what’s happening between the bracket and the drill.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 12-16-2014 02:16 PM



Very cool setup Dave! You have always impressed me with your ingenuity.

Would mind taking a picture of the drill mount so I can see how you figured it out? I don t quite Get what s happening between the bracket and the drill.

- MarkTheFiddler

Mark, Maybe these will help.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 12-16-2014 02:43 PM

Dave, those pictures help out a lot. Thank you sir.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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