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Woodturning in Romania #2: Equippin

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Blog entry by Ovidiu posted 08-23-2011 08:10 PM 2309 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Idea Part 2 of Woodturning in Romania series Part 3: adjustments & first bowl »

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



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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 08:59 PM

I would check that the bearings are not too tight. The spindle should not heat up at all.

There are ways to make it more solid but from the look of all that beautiful wood, your biggest problem is that the lathe is small for turning large stock. If you have all that wood available, and lathes are not easy to get there, you can always make one.

There are wooden versions and here is one that someone in Peru had welded for him from steel:

!!

But make things first and once you see what you like, you can decide on the next step.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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Ovidiu

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#2 posted 08-25-2011 02:09 PM

Thank you very much David.

Yesterday I removed the power parts of the lathe. I removed the engine and I checked and found that it heats but not the shaft and pulley. I put it back and checked the lathe while riding on empty. Bearings are OK. Then I found that heat comes from the drive belt. I stretched it as I could, not to skate, but it is very hot, after about 5 min. from power. I do not know what to say, but probably does not fit properly with the two belt pulleys.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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SSMDad

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#3 posted 08-25-2011 03:03 PM

Sorry to read you’re having problems with the lathe heating. Glad you were able to get one to start at least. Loved the photo with your son. My son loves the lathe too but is too young to realize he can’t just grab something spinning so I have to keep him away. haha

Great job on the mushrooms and lots of nice wood there. I’m jealous. haha
:)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 08-25-2011 04:28 PM

Maybe you are tightening the belt too tight? Also check the alignment of the pulleys.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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Ovidiu

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#5 posted 08-26-2011 08:37 AM

David,
You are sow right ! I did this yesterday. Pulleys were’t perfectly aligned. In plus the belt was bad (Chinese people filled the world with cheap and poor quality things, I hate it). He had a hillock and was crooked. However it broke last night. I think if I manage to find a quality belt and pulleys will be aligned will be fine. You know, hope dies last.
Chris,
Thanks. Children are wonderful. My son likes to spread sawdust around the yard :)

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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#6 posted 08-27-2011 05:43 AM

The link belts are very nice.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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