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05-09-2015 05:13 PM

"T" lathe for rosettes - 6 replies

just finished the first order of parts on this lathe! I added onto a lathe I had built a while ago using an atlas 6” metal headstock. I had to re-machine the chuck to fit the headstock In the back the template can bee seen.

03-01-2015 01:29 PM

has anyone needed....special tailstock? - 3 replies

Hey Folks! I have been a production turner for a long time. I have occasionally read in posts where it is mentioned shortcomings concerning tail stocks in specific. I understand that most turners have more of an artistic bent and take their time on each piece but some have still voiced a desire to make something easier or faster. Drilling: 1....

01-29-2015 11:11 PM

Table saw material control - 4 replies

My special activity for my 10th birthday was getting to operate the table saw while making a box with my dad. Over the years I have seen many operators. Winced and shuddered as I watched many use a table saw. There are over blade guards, antikickback pawls, riving knives and splitter inserts. There are good explanations and demonstrations about ...

12-31-2014 11:44 PM

Bandsaw for 5' thick stock - 12 replies

Today was a busy day. last week my boss asked if it would be possible to ad a riser block to a 36” band saw. The goal was to be able to saw a piece of material 5 feet thick. today we started the project. all that is left is covering the gaps in the vertical blade housing and making a new door for the same. the original shell is 1/4” ...

11-23-2014 01:19 PM

Triton 3 1/4 hp router 199 at Menards - 15 replies

Ran across an add for the Triton 3 1/4 HP router on clearance at Menards. it has an integrated router lift for above the table adjustment.

11-18-2014 12:53 AM

Oops wrong spindle thread! - 3 replies

I decided to modify my lathe. I wanted to adapt is so that it would be easier to do rosettes and flat work rather than bending over the lathe all the time. I use a duplication system now and wanted the template in the same axis. In order to do this i needed to mount a headstock at 90 degrees to the bed and make a “T” lathe. I found ...

11-15-2014 12:54 AM

Dad turning a 14' 4" dia "dowell" - 5 replies

I found this in a box of stuff from yeas ago. This is a picture of my dad at the lathe. The bed was from a prewar “American” lathe. It would take 9 feet between centers but by setting it up similar to this we did turnings up to 16 feet in one piece. we would turn half and then flip the turning to do the other end. You can see one of ...

10-26-2014 08:38 PM

9' porch posts yellow poplar - 7 replies

I finished these up today. the customer brought me a post that had been repaired before by replacing the rotten segment of the bottom of the post. I glued up the blanks 4.5×4.5 and ten feet long and cut them on a beam saw to assure they were true. I had to couple two lathes together and turn half at a time. I used a router for the cutting t...

10-05-2014 12:36 PM

powered hand tool storage - 9 replies

For now I have a “drawer” that is 12” deep 6’ wide and 36” front to back. It rolls on the floor with fixed casters and goes under the shelf beneath the work bench. It is somewhat convenient as I can pull it out with my toe bend over, choose a tool and push it back into place. I have not established a place for each ...

09-11-2014 12:56 AM

What would you use for a painted exterrior porch column. - 0 replies

I have a customer that wants a 9’ long 4” square post turned. It will be painted to finish. In the past I have used fir, yellow poplar and redwood. Yellow poplar turns very nicely and is consistent for density. fir does well outside for weather and such but is can be out of balance to the end and it is hard to find material with a go...

08-31-2014 06:43 PM

carbide cutters or scrapers? - 13 replies

Hi, I have been turning a few years now. I have used carbide for wood turning many years. I have looked at many of the tools out there that are available from inexpensive to the most outrageous costing. For the most part in videos I see that the inserts used are used more like a scraper and in some cases a “shear scraper” The inserts...

08-24-2014 11:54 PM

unisaw 125.00 minneapolis CL - 1 reply

CL unisaw minneapolis

02-04-2014 12:50 PM

delta 14" swivel head lathe in Minneapolis 450.00 - 4 replies

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/tls/4315776147.html

01-25-2014 07:04 PM

triton 3 1/4 router for 198.00! - 6 replies

Menards has the Triton 3 1/4 HP router on sale this week for 198.00! that’s 91 dollars off regular price. if you have the 14 percent off sack as well it is an awful sweet deal!

01-24-2014 03:46 PM

diy bowl lathe from start to finish - 24 replies

Is there anyone interested in building a bowl lathe? I enjoy designing ,building, and using equipment! Any kind of equipment. I have seen several posts where people consider building their own bowl lathe. some take years to get the project done. Some give up and never have the chance to complete it. Most of the time that is lost is either in ma...

01-17-2014 12:21 PM

eucalyptus citradora - 5 replies

I was in the Seychelles last week for a wedding. a family member gave me a piece of eucalyptus citradora. it is about 16” long and 10” in diameter. I have never used this wood before. Is the finished grain nice looking. would an end grain or laminar bowl or turning be better for its use?

12-10-2013 09:37 PM

tails stock alignment - 37 replies

what is all the fuss about tail stock alignment? Often when a question is asked about whether a particular lathe is a good choice or not a poster will make a statement concerning center alignment. I can understand fairly precise alignment being important on several tools and the included problems if they are not. Table saw blade misalignment ...

09-10-2013 03:09 AM

oil rubbed finish for bath fixture - 9 replies

Ok SWMBO has decided that she wants to incorporate the oil rubbed finish into our bath remodel. Thats fine she found trim and fixtures that she likes! with one exception the shower. unless we want to spend three times as much on a custom shower(I dont!) The shower trim choice in available stock is brushed nickle or chrome. Is there any way I can...

08-26-2013 05:35 AM

5" birch legs for BB table - 4 replies

I had a mishap this weekend on the lathe. The top section of the cross feed broke. It was my own fault. I sharpened the tool with too much clearance and lots of relief on the cutting edge. It got to a point where the harmonic of the stock and the cross feed section got to be too much. Well I fixed that and got these ready for tomorrow. ...

08-15-2013 02:29 PM

thin spins - 1 reply

A while back someone asked about getting some turnings done. They were thin, one end 9/16” the other 1/2” and a 3/8” section extending out of the smaller end for 1 1/4”. overall length was 12”. I had recently moved my equipment into a new shop and decided to overhaul the lathe. This would include an increase in diam...

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