So back in July of this past year I was collecting some Walnut Logs a friend had offered for the wonderful price of FREE. While there he turns to my Dad and I and says “Hey do you guys have use of another Lathe?” Dad and I looked it other back to him and said “What do ya have?” SO out to a shed behind his house we go. He swings the doors open and against the side wall near the back is a very old lathe(almost as old as my Dad LOL). He had no idea what brand it was it ha...
I have finally found the time to get back to making videos. Seems like it has been over a year. Feels good to be able to share again: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjRwVZZffCDTQsUXXnzznPCh5GxPksNb6
What happens when you try to make a pen and the top half explodes on the lathe, so you try to make another pen and bottom half breaks when you are “trimming the barrel”...This:
I was wanting to use a vacuum chuck on my lathe so first thing I needed was a way to get vacuum to the spindle. Lucky for me, or not so lucky, my spindle has a hole cross drilled into it! This made my project a bit more involved, but still successful. I used a threaded lamp rod to supply vacuum through the spindle along with a couple of ball bearings, pipe fittings, and two spindle adapters I turned. All the meat and potatoes is in my post, Make a Vacuum Adapter For Your Lathe. I...
Always changing plugs between the lathe, grinder, and lamp. I picked up a three-pronged outlet to secure to the stand. This way I wouldn’t have to change any plugs. I looked for a bracket that would fit around the plug, but couldn’t find anything that fit. I drilled two holes in the webbing between the plugs, and put a screw through each into the back of the lathe stand. A couple of zipties, and the easiest part of the project was done. The three-way adapter has the nice bonus of a small g...
A lack of light was one of the shortcomings of my original design. My garage has two west-facing windows, but not a whole lot of useable light. I had used a pair of portable halogen work lights on a stand. Both of them promptly burned out. When I went to the hardware store to replace the bulbs, I looked through the lighting section and found a clip-on LED light with a flexible neck. I had a hard time finding a place to clip the light. The frame of the lathe stand was too wide for the clip....
This week pasted rather quickly with some snow days included but the good news is I got some extra shop time to finish my cleaning and have already started pulling things apart again. Was able to almost complete an order of wine tilts for a customer but still waiting for the garage to get above 40 so I can spray lacquer them. Hopefully tomorrow. May have to spur it a bit with a heater. I am sure some of you are aware it is Pine Wood Derby Season again, I had a friend call and ask if her son c...
Figuring out how to make sandpaper available was a challenge. My first method was tearing small strips of sanding sheets. Although effective, this took time, and I seemed to be misplacing the sheets fairly frequently. I looked into smarter ways of sanding on the lathe. I found woodturner’s packs of sandpaper, with 1” strips of various grits. This made a lot more sense than tearing strips of sheets of sandpaper. However, the packs seemed a bit pricey, and I wanted to be able to conceal the ...
Making progress – finished 4 bishops. The link to my YouTube video is here: http://youtu.be/U2gRbqZxhAo Amazing how much fun you can have learning something new! The Knights are next – sheesh – I have no idea how I’m gonna do those yet… Comments and especially suggestions from other turners are indeed welcome! James
My tool storage consisted of loops on pegboard and clamps for the larger instruments. The advantages were easy visualization of the tools and simplicity. The major disadvantage was distance from the working end of the lathe. I found that I hoarded the tools in a pile on the table saw nearby, or on the lathe stand in the sandpaper heap. The tools would occasionally fall onto the concrete floor, shortening the times between sharpening. I happened upon a two-tiered tool holder on a tool websi...
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