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Project by Vince posted 02-02-2009 07:16 AM 4731 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a ball jig that I made for my mini lathe, next are a couple of depth gages I made from aluminum cut-offs.
And the next picture is a Home made laminate press. And last are a few tool rest, some still need a little cleaning and grinding on the welds so I don’t drag across it with my finger while turning. I don’t weld very well, but it’s good enough to hold and not come apart. And angle plates for fast setup on the table saw.

-- Vince

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#1 posted 02-02-2009 08:47 AM


Your tools and jigs looks great. Many times I have wished I could do metal work since I can think of items that would be useful and no one makes such a thing that’s affordable. It really customizes your woodworking abilities!

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#2 posted 02-02-2009 10:00 AM

Great idea, great job.

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#3 posted 02-02-2009 02:54 PM

Looks great! I’d like to hear more about the ‘ball jig’. :)

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#4 posted 02-02-2009 02:55 PM

If the welds hold everything together they are good enough. My welding is pretty ugly, ugly but strong, my Dad was a much better welder.

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#5 posted 02-02-2009 06:33 PM

Great Looking Tools!! That ball jig is really neat!!

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#6 posted 02-02-2009 10:19 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I made the ball jig so I can turn round balls for bottle stoppers. I figured I would make a few of them and it would be easier to do it with a jig. It’s not faster but it is more consistent.
It also works well if you need a gradual arch in your turning.

-- Vince

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#7 posted 02-03-2009 12:10 AM

How do you go about using the ball jig ? Is the steel rod anything special ( grade wise)?

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#8 posted 02-03-2009 02:25 AM

The steel rod is just a 1/4-20 bolt with the head cut off. Any grade of metal will do. The bolt I used is stainless steel.
The cutter is a HSS tool bit I got from Enco.

-- Vince

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#9 posted 07-05-2009 06:23 AM

good designs !!!!


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#10 posted 07-05-2009 07:23 AM

cool jigs well done

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#11 posted 07-05-2009 05:03 PM

Thank you for the feedback …Can you do a blog on how to use your ball turning jigs ?

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#12 posted 08-28-2009 07:31 AM

very nice jigs Vince,will need to post my ball jig too…

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#13 posted 01-09-2010 05:02 AM

Hi Vince, You are a man after my own heart. I love making my tools too. Were you a toolmaker in the past life?
I like the tools you made. How do the disc sanders work? Do they spin while snading?
Have you tried gas welding alumiinum yet?

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#14 posted 01-09-2010 05:39 AM

The disk sanders are fixed, but I do plan on making a spinner. As for gas welding aluminum. I have never done it

-- Vince

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#15 posted 03-30-2011 10:39 PM

Hey Vince, I’ve been doing metal work now for 33 Years and beleive me your work is very good… You must have a background in metal work… With Metal you weld it …. With wood you glue it… Ed In port Republic

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