Bungee lathe spinning in Scotland
While I was visiting our LJ friend Jamie in Scotland, I had the luck to be invited to his friend Ronnie’s house.
More exactly his wonderful little garden behind the house.
This is the view from Ron’s house, beautiful surroundings in Scotland.
Trust me, the grass really is greener there!
Here we are Ron’s bungee lathe, in the little garden behind his house.
How cool is that!
Ronnie has a wonderful relaxed approach, KISS principe; Keep It Simple Stupid.
And so his lathe is a made from bits and pieces, that he got from around.
This gives it a really cool rustic look, which I like a lot.
Here from my little sketchbook.
The poppets are really simple build up, the rests are a part of the construction, rather than a add on and held by wedges.
The iron centers are just screwed in, in a hole a bit smaller than the threaded rod.
The tightener a bend piece of iron welded to the threaded rod.
Here is my first go on the late (with a wee help from Ron – thank you).
Ron wanted a saw holder for the lathe, so this was a perfect fist project.
Here a video of Ronnie is showing how to do it:
Close up of the fixed center.
And the other one.
The tool rest is a simple piece of wood resting on the poppet’s shoulders.
I love the simplicity.
Here the foot part (don’t know the name).
A base and two hinges.
Mallet for the wedges.
Ron’s wonderful tool tote.
One of Ron’s homemade saws.
The one that needed a place to hang.
Ron’s go on a shaving horse.
The man in action.
A block for chopping.
Here all is simple.
And up went the hangers for the saw.
My first turnings on a pole lathe.
Here a video where I am using the lathe:
My next project was this strange shape…
My go on a mug, got this idea as I stood by the lathe.
The rest of the mug was made later and can be seen in this post:
So we will leave Ron here, in his wonderful little garden, look at the field behind – what a place to go and relax after work, I’m jealous in the most wonderful way.
Thank you Ron for a wonderful day, for passing your knowledge to me and for keeping the coffee streaming when I was there. It will be a sweet day in my memory for the years to come, and I think you will be the reason I build myself one of these at some point.
Hope this blog can bring some inspiration, it sure did inspire me.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.