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Project by Porchfish posted 09-10-2015 03:24 PM 900 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 !





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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 09-10-2015 04:47 PM

I like how you set it all up. So that tractor seat is to be used?
What size motor do you use?

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Porchfish

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#2 posted 09-10-2015 05:30 PM

Hi Arlin, I tried to download a short video of the lathe in use with me at the seat, but lumberjocks would not allow it. The motor specs are in the body of the post Thanks.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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smitty22

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#3 posted 09-10-2015 07:02 PM

‘Fish, That is just awesome!!

I wasn’t sure at first glance if it wasn’t one of those torture machines, but figured it out pretty quick.
Sure hope it doesn’t throw you while at work.

-- Smitty

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Sodabowski

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#4 posted 09-10-2015 08:04 PM

Dude, did you get painting classes with KOVA down in Mexico, or something? :D

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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peteg

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#5 posted 09-10-2015 09:31 PM

This is a very unique piece of equipment for sure, hats of for your way of getting around that doggy back of yours,
just love it, nice & colourful as well
cheers
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 09-10-2015 09:57 PM

When I first looked this over I thought it was some sort of “SteamPunk” machine. Then I read your commentary and it REALLY IS a lathe! Wow! Kudos to you for designing and actually BUILDING that thing which suits your needs ! I applaud you Sir!
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FistBump !
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redryder

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#7 posted 09-11-2015 05:59 AM

I don’t get it.
But of course I like it….................

-- mike...............

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Porchfish

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#8 posted 09-11-2015 12:52 PM

Mike, I’m sorry I absconded your Icon Character. It just seemed to be a perfect name for the “Snappy-Ass Tool Co. Lathe model #2 that of course is rideable. I remember the newspaper cartoon and the later TV series. I can’t remember the name of the actor who played “Red”, but I remember his horse’s name was thunder and his young Indian side kick “Lil’ Beaver” was played by a young Robert Blake and his pony’s name was papoose. Damn remembering all that just shows how old I am. Thanks for the comment.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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Porchfish

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#9 posted 09-11-2015 12:54 PM

Joe, thanks for the kind comments and a fist bump back atcha !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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Porchfish

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#10 posted 09-11-2015 01:00 PM

Sodabowski, my friend, it is simply a painted relief carving…. it would have taken me a month of sundays to simply paint that without the help of the outline of the carving. I did pull the carving design outa my ass remembering various furniture ornamentations from the past as inspiration. Thanks for the kind words. Now if I could just figure out how to get lumberjocks to accept and post my short film of the lathe in operation, it would be helpful.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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Sodabowski

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#11 posted 09-11-2015 03:03 PM

If memory serves, last time I posted a video, I had to uploadit to YT first and then embed the link here…

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 09-11-2015 03:18 PM

Now, that is what I would call ‘a real hoss’. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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drbyte

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#13 posted 09-13-2015 04:32 PM

Now that’s a real lathe! What is the swing on that monster? How big a bowl can you make? What length spindle?
Very nice!

-- Dennis, WV

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Porchfish

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#14 posted 09-14-2015 12:46 PM

Drbyte, thank you for noticing ! The Snappy-Ass Tool Co. Red Ryder model has a bed to shaft center of 21 inches. so it would be capable of turning a bowl a little over 40”. the bed is 72” long but removable so the length of spindle would be determined by need, but spindle supports would have to be designed. I am still working on the tail stock. The first effort was sturdy but could not be centered to my satisfaction. It was accurate enough to provide support to larger vessels but too sloppy for true spindle turning. I have only turned one large vessel as trial piece. a 161/2” natural edge oak and it was all I could do to mount it on the lathe. To be honest, this is overkill for a 71 year old turner, but hell, age shouldn’t restrict your capability of having fun or at least trying to (;-{)

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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