Question for the turners

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Blog entry by nobuckle posted 11-23-2010 03:03 AM 1058 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve blown the dust off my lathe and am preparing to turn a hall tree. Suppose I have piece that needs to finish at 33”, would 35” be enough between centers? The maximum finished diameter is about 3”. What are your thoughts?

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#1 posted 11-23-2010 03:18 AM

With a 3” diameter, you will be clearing both the drive and dead center with plenty of room to spare, if you
are using a live (ball bearing supported) dead center, you will not have any lube or burning on that end, so
you could theoretically turn it out of a 33” piece, but knowing Murphy and his law, I would give yourself at
least 1/2” to spare at each end. You might want to think about a center support if you are going to be
making a decorative turning. Have fun. Of course this is just my opinion and not woodworking gospel.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 11-23-2010 03:19 AM

I usually leave about an inch on each end for finishing off. At that diameter and length, you may need a steady rest to prevent it from vibrating in the middle, as you turn it.

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#3 posted 11-23-2010 05:18 AM

If I am with you you want a finished piece 3×33”? You have a rough oF 35 x ? .
What type of wood are you going to use.
I doubt you will get any harmonice with 3 inch diameter stock but if the species is soft you could get some wandering on the tailpiece.
If you can build one, a steady rest will dampen any vibration that could affect your finish.

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#4 posted 11-23-2010 06:04 AM

most turnings that size ive seen they do it in segments to be put together after turning. you could do two turnings of around 20 inches full length down to each segments desired length.

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#5 posted 11-23-2010 05:20 PM

I’m sorry, but I really can’t help out.

Oh, you meant… never mind.

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 08:18 PM

i read that three times before i got it lol great one turner.

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