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13 hours ago

carbide cutters or scrapers? - 7 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...

7 days ago

unisaw 125.00 minneapolis CL - 1 reply

CL unisaw minneapolis

208 days ago

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

218 days ago

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!

219 days ago

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...

226 days ago

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?

264 days ago

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 ...

356 days ago

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...

371 days ago

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. ...

381 days ago

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...

399 days ago

how do you handle long slender turnngs - 14 replies

It’s been a busy spring! the weather in MN is more unpredictable than usual. It jumped from frost in the AM’s to upper 70’s overnight. anyway I have a fellow that wants quite a few identical parts made. Lots of the same thing is kind of my thing. The parts are long and slender 9/16 dia and 11 inches long. They have a straight t...

467 days ago

wood lathes past and present - 0 replies

I got a message from a fellow LJ recently concerning wood lathes. If you cant tell I like mechanical stuff. wood working equipment in particular and at the top of the stack is wood turning equipment. My dad started turning professionally in the late forties. He got involved in other things on the side, case goods, waterbeds, even bar lighting, b...

468 days ago

rebuilt 2 hp dc motor and controller for 1hp motor - 1 reply

I have a 2 hp dc motor and a controller that I dont need. I do need a 1 hp dc motor, or a 3 ph controller. willing to trade?

480 days ago

nice delta wood lathe for someone in MN 125.00 - 1 reply

nice looking lathe for sale around the twin city area

481 days ago

looking for a 10" atlas with timken bearing headstock - 6 replies

I am looking for an Atlas lathe in any kind of shape to convert into a wood turning lathe for a friend who is disabled. He loves turning but has some dificulty with being steady enough with conventional tools on larger stuff. I can modify the lathe to perform well for him but I need a lathe to start with. The one particular is that the headstock...

519 days ago

Index wheels on lathes - 4 replies

I have seen the typical set ups for index pins and presets. Any other ideas for indexing? something that allows easy set up and more possibilities? I have thought about a degree wheel of about 8-10 inches in diameter but thin like 10 gage steel. This would allow individual marks to be far enough apart to see and possibly a vernier scale to get f...

522 days ago

reversing single phase motors, particularily the HF 3x36 belt sander - 14 replies

Several times in the forums I have come across references to wanting to reverse the rotation of a motor, or someone looking for a replacement motor and upon locating one discovering that the direction of rotation is wrong for their application. There have been some interesting ways that this problem has been solved, requiring rework of the motor...

530 days ago

Ha...who needs CNC? - 8 replies

I did some playing around today on the DIY lathe. It was all about what was required to do a particular operation and get it done quickly. In all it took about 6 hours. Just bare not even scuffed for finish. You can’t do this on a router crafter, Legacy or a Laguna but You can do it on your lathe at home! Takes some time and some thinking....

532 days ago

video of midway point of DIY lathe suggestions appreciated. - 4 replies Yes i know I will never make it as a movie star! I have been working on this lathe for a couple months. I have the next couple days off and maybe I can turn something on it. I have several thoughts on attachments but for now this is a video of where I am in the build.

540 days ago

14' spindle in old iron lathe and a man of iron - 4 replies

This is one of the few pictures i have of my dad at the lathe. His shp was the bottom of the barn. The fan in the window was to suck the dust outside. The piece of “wood” hanging from the ceiling was actually a piece of 3/4” plexiglass, a guard for when we did table legs. We started with square stock glue ups and some of th...

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