Tool thoughts #5: First turning on my lathe

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Blog entry by NedB posted 08-28-2008 05:03 AM 1394 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I glued a sacrificial block onto a chunk of Mahagony I found in my storage unit the day before yesterday. Last night I broke out the turning tools after cobbling together a temporary lathe stand… I actually used my miter stand:
temp lathe stand

One thing I found, was that I want to lower the lathe a couple more inches,

Ilathe and faxe shield
I will need to get shorter bolts, which will help, I wound up putting the 2×8 I bolted the lathe to on top of two 2×4’s, which really raised things up higher than I liked.

I have a basic set of HSS chisels spindle tools for the most part, certainly the gouge I was using wasn’t set up for bowl turning… chisel

I got some help from Adam, moving this into the shop as well…
let me tell you, that basic little bandsaw (HF with a grizzly riser kit) has an incredibly overbuilt base.I think my friend who built it used 4 sheets of MDF! would you believe two? either way, it isn’t going ANywhere without major thought going into the parking spot. I picked it up used earlier this year, and last night was the first time I got it tuned up and working. It’s got a decent blade for general shop use, I won’t try resawing until I can pick up a couple of blades from Suffolk. I also unearthed my grinder. It’s a no-name 6” bench grinder, just a generic wheel and wire brush which I was given last spring. Who am I to say ‘no’ to a free tool?
grin der

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 08-28-2008 11:41 AM

Nice set up Ned,

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#2 posted 08-28-2008 01:49 PM

The recommended height for lathes is so the centerline of the headstock is the same as distance from the floor to your elbow.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 08-28-2008 06:14 PM

Instead of lowering the lathe, why not just make a small platform to stand on?

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#4 posted 08-28-2008 07:32 PM

Thanks CJ!

Trifern, that’s about where I want to put it, as it sat in the photo there it was just above that level.

Tony, just a matter of an inch or two, and that was Not my permanent setup, just wanted to make sure that the lathe worked. I’ve since stowed it under a bench so I can finish moving my stuff into the shop.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#5 posted 08-29-2008 01:00 AM

I see your bench grinder has the same mounts as many of my tools do when they are not hiding on a shelf somewhere :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 08-30-2008 02:38 AM

yup, it worked just fine with those mounts.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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