IntroductionI’ve been turning large chunks of un-seasoned firewood since I started turning bowls over a year and a half ago. Much of the wood is turned without regard to it’s moisture content…I don’t have time to wait thru the recommended aging periods and I don’t choose to rough turn bowls and set them aside for a few months before turning them a second time. This isn’t about attitude, it’s about loving the experience of turning and accepting the cha...
The lathe was powered by an old 1 HP Craftsman motor run through a jackshaft and a 4 step pulley, thespeed was somewhat variable. I had read about people adapting treadmill motors to lathes and decidedto attempt it. The first free treadmill was not operating because the controller was bad, but had a $300-according to the owner- motor, the second had no controller and the third had a controller I could not adapt. I bought a rebuilt MC-60 controller for $50.00 and my core and started down th...
I have been corresponding with Chris (Crushgroovin) about this lathe and have noticed a few posts from people who were curious or had experiences with it, so I thought it might be deserving of a blog entry. For clarification, this is not the more solid cast iron 34706 model that gets more solid reviews since it is, in truth, a much more solid lathe. This is the lathe as listed in the HF online catalog - While I would not be one to recommend this one for purchase, especially since yo...
Mom visited last week, and with some ideas of things she wanted me to build, we checked out Anderson Plywood (LA, CA) – she loves zebrawood :) – and my favorite place: Rockler (Torrance, CA). While at Rockler, she fell in love with some turned bottle stoppers made by Robert, who I think might be a manager there, and decided she wanted me to make a bunch for her and her friends, starting with a set of 3 for one friend in particular. They only had 2 chrome wine bottle stopper har...
How often have you dined at a restaurant and the waiter or waitress asked you “Would you would like some cracked peppers with your meal?” Probably more than once, right? If you’re like me I answer “Sure. I’d love some.” There’s just something nice about having a good meal with freshly ground salt and pepper. For a long time I have browsed through my various woodworking catalogs and noticed mechanisms for salt and peppermills. Then one day I decided to order the mechanisms and make a se...
So I went down to Springfield MO on Feb 14th to the Grizzly Showroom. Managed not to spend all of my money but sure put a dent in the bank account, but I think it worth it.The man reason for heading there was to pick up m new lathe, I didn’t want to wait for the new G0766 since it has now been pushed out to May 26th. So I purchased the G0733. I gotta say I’m impressed with it overall so far but haven’t done a lot with it yet. Give me a couple weeks and I will post a review o...
Finally got the contractor-saw-base-turned-lathe-base done today. There just isn’t the room in the dungeon workshop for two table saws. Eventually I will haul the Skilsaw onto the upstairs porch and hang it out of the way. Getting back to the base, I measured the height I needed to fit the formula I gleaned off the Web: that magic height the centers should be off the floor in relation to where your elbow is. I added the five inches to the top of the base and boards along the bottom of t...
I was needing to make a vacuum chuck for my lathe and didn’t want to use a faceplate or fool with using a nut fastened to the chuck. The quick n dirty is that I used delrin I had laying around, a 4” PVC union, and some weather stripping to make my vacuum chuck. The majority of the process was completed using my wood lathe. For the detailed how to check out my post How to Make a Vacuum Chuck!
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