|Project by Porchfish||posted 09-10-2015 03:24 PM||936 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
Here is my “Snappy-Ass Tool Co” Lathe model #2 “Red Ryder”. It is complete except for final welding of tail stock ram to hand crank system. I am trying to load a short film showing it in use, but so far I haven’t figured out how get lumberjock to accept .mov file. #1 is of course carved signage that sits atop the headstock. #2 is the lathe, #3 is lathe with ford tractor seat at sidebar location #4 is simple arrangement of 3, 3-step pulleys attached to 4pole 1.5 horse motor that turns at 1400 RPM at the shaft. Plenty of speeds for my needs. Yes it is awkward compared to a DC motor, but my set up was much more affordable. #5 shows laminated curly maple over HDF core. the solid pine bed slides through the opening and is wedged in place. #6 is the pipe joint embedded in the lathe bed that accommodates a 45 degree swing outward for versatility. All welds are as sturdy as they are ugly, but I just bought a Hobart welder and went to work after reading the manual (surprise, surprise), yes I did something AFTER reading a manual. I have had several back surgeries and am not as mobile as I once was, so I built the damned lathe to suit me. It does.
-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !