|Project by bushmaster||posted 07-03-2016 04:32 AM||2244 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
To make the hollow form that I have made so far, I have drilled the hole on the beginning hole on the drill press with forester bits. I tried to do it on the wood lathe but the with the hand wheel on the lathe It was impossible to drill into end grain. I was able to do it on the drill press, difficult there as one had to hold the hollow form as well as operate the drill press. Having to continually having to take the vase out to get the chips out, besides getting the bit stuck in the hole and hard to get it out. There has to be a better way to do it on the wood lathe.
I brain stormed and over heated my brain abit to come up with a simple solution, but had to draw a blue print up so I wouldn’t forget any parts. Machined parts from scrap iron I had in hand.
Once I came out with that all I had to do is make all the parts
Sounds simple but it took a number of early mornings to get it right, then assemble and it looks like this
The hand wheel is now set back a ways but still works as before, but now I have a handle that can be used with force simular to a drill press. the hand wheel can be used to lengthen the stroke for a second cut befor the tailstock is advanced. Here are some close up pictures.
One thing that you can see in the blue print but not visable in the pictures is the guide bushing and is secured with a screw.
I made a number of holes to adjust the position of the connecting link because I wasn’t sure what distance would be effective. The following video was the first time I used it and the outer setting worked well, give the longest travel. It was easy enough I drilled the hole quickly sitting down. Check it out any lathe could be modified.
Will post the finished project later, but I think I will make a lazer set up so I won’t cut through like the first time I tried,
So thanks for looking and hope you found this modification interest and will give you some idea’s, comment appreciated.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia