For a beginner in woodtturning is hard to choose the right lathe, which more than that must fit into a small budget As if these two brakes were not enough here comes the 3rd restriction: because there is not demand for machine tools like wood lathe is also hard to find in Romania a lathe that is good and cheap. After all I decided to get my a Einhell wood lathe (German license-produced in China). It has the following technical data:
Power supply: 230 V ~ 50 Hz
Power: 350 W S2 30 min
Capture diameter max. 350 mm
Rib length: 1,000 mm
Rotational Speed: 810 / 1180 / 1700 / 2480 min-1
Gross Weight: 31.2 kg.
(My son is also in the picture)
Unfortunately it heats up very quickly, the motor shaft gets hot after 20 min. in use without any break. The problem is that if the shaft is heat and I continue to work the drive belt starts to fall apart Another problem is that if I want to change gears, I have to undo two screws that hold the engine, to move the belt on the pulley desired and then tighten back the screws. Has some more small flaws, but that’s it. I have to deal with it. Next year I will try to change it. Maybe for my birthday. God knows.
It took me several days to build a stand for him, strong enough to cope with vibration. I filled the stand with some green cherry logs. I’ll leave the logs there until they dry and at the same time I used them as ballast.
While I try to get my lathe, I freed up an store that I built it 2 years ago
I installed two windows, I made some shelves and I put inside an old office
I’m going to isolate with extruded polystyrene and another row of boards to be able to work when it is cold outside. Of course I’ll use an electric heater to warm. This is my little makeshift studio
As for the tools I was able to buy it in stages and various waysand qualities:
1. Manufactured in Ro – are made of steel spring suspension truck but not sharp at the corect bevel angle. I still use them after I have some more experience in sharping tools;
2. No name (think of China) – are for spindle, is a relatively soft carbon steel. Maybe I will adapt as needed, of course later;
3. Narex – they are pretty good but insufficient for bowls, boxes, etc.. I’lll use them at the right time, may be the scarpers.
4. MAGMA – the 3 gouges: HSS Bowl Gouge 6 mm (0.2 in), HSS Bowl Gouge 13 mm (0.5 in) and HSS Roughing Gouge, 32 mm (1.3 in) are my best pieces, so far.
For mounting I have two faceplate, two mandrels 4 jaws and 1 peak clamping.
I was very happy when I found, during a promotion, a grinder with 2 stone (1 in water). I mounted it in the workshop. I should change the speed stone with one smoother, but I have’t found. Grinder shaft is 12.7 mm (5 in) and I found stones only for 20 mm (7.9 in) shaft. May be I can manage to do a sleeve on the shaft to use stones 20.
Because my grandmother lived in an isolated village, surrounded by orchards and forests, I don’t lack of wood. I already made a few stocks of green and dry wood. I have some walnut, cherry, apple, poplar, oak.
But to carry the hubs with my trailer, they had to be cut, so I took a electric chainsaw brand Stern 2000W with 15,7 in Oregon blade and chain. Sofar it works great.
I bought for finishing: Natural Wax Polish, Danish Oil, Boiled linseed Oil, grinding paper and that’s all.
This is the end of investments, for lack of funds.
Now I need to start a really woodturning work and some great time for me. And I did that. And this is what came out: 3 mushrooms.
Thank you all for your patience, and please don’t hesitate to tell me your opinion.
-- Ovidiu from Transylvania