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Blog entry by Philip posted 09-25-2014 07:08 PM 1460 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I struck a deal with my wife to get some shop time in today, I will be babysitting 3 kids tonight- but it was worth it.
I have a few shop projects I’ve been meaning to wrap up.
The first is making a spring pole style lathe that attaches to an end vise. Here I am sawing the puppets (poppets?)

planing the edges smooth…

Here I am drilling holes for dogs in the wooden vise- I don’t have a drill press but this little jig I bought a few years back does the trick for me.

I will grind some all thread to a point to hold the pieces in place. Here I am preparing to grind the all thread.

And flash back to my tool making project, here I am using a block of wood to set a 25 degree angle.

And here we are testing the angle. Once I grind all the blades and heat treat them I will use this to sharpen them.

I digress…clamping the puppet to drill for the dowel that will go through the vise.

This was my attempt to line up the holes for the all-thread.

After marking where the nuts would fall, a little chisel work to recess the nut into the wood, one on each side.

A little bit of glue for good measure…

The puppet on the vise is attached with 2 dowels. The puppet on the bench has a runner that slides into the groove where the router insert is located. Then there are 2 holes for 3/4” dowels that fit depending on the length of the piece to be turned.

I’m using a piece of bar stock as my steady rest. The plans I looked at show an angle iron, but I’m going to give this a try…The spring will be attached to the ceiling and the cord will wrap around the piece and go through the opening where the router plate usually is. Then I will have to pedal like crazy and have some sharp tools…If you would like to see how these work, just watch Roy Underhill, Peter Follansbee or go to and check out Jeanne Alexanders plans to build your own.

I also had enough time to make a sled to flatten some rough lumber I have. I got the idea from this project

When I put the level on to check it I thought something went really wrong…then I remembered I used 2 different sized pieces for the side supports. Putting the level inside made me feel better.

4 hours worth of work and some great progress.

I will post some pictures of how they work when I get some more time…lately it’s diaper duty ;-)

-- I never finish anyth

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#1 posted 09-25-2014 07:39 PM

Looks real good so far Philip. I’ve been wanting to make one myself for many years, but I just don’t have a place to put it. I should be fun to use. Instead of a pole you could also use transverse aka leaf springs made out of oak or some other bendy wood. You wouldn’t need two sets as show below. Very easy to make, doesn’t require much space as it could be mounted above your lathe on a couple of vertical 2X4 supports as shown or you can even use a bow (like bow and arrow). You probably know this already, but it doesn’t hurt to mention it. The head and tailstock are called poppets.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 09-25-2014 07:49 PM

I’m sure that will be a lot of fun to use !!!
But no fair using power tools and a nifty jig to make an olde-timey tool. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 03:39 PM

Thanks Mike, I’m actually going to use an actual spring. You can see it laying on the bench in the last photo.

John, I figure with the limited time, I can get away cheating a little…

-- I never finish anyth

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 06:12 PM

I do like that drilling jig. I see that it has a v-groove for centering holes on the side of a round dowel. It’s just what I need for my 3-tier, revolving plant stand. Do you remember where you got it?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 09-27-2014 04:35 PM

I was out of town when I got it, but I think it was at a Woodcraft or local lumberyard. If no luck there, try the internetted-web!

And how will the plant stand revolve?? Are we talking kinetic sculpture or for convenience?

-- I never finish anyth

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