|Project by poopiekat||posted 03-14-2010 08:32 PM||22705 views||23 times favorited||36 comments|
Well, the working prototype is finished! This was a project I mentioned briefly in another forum, and in a previous blog of mine. Though there were a few doubting Thomases, I can now present my helical-cut lathe fixture, with which I can cut barley twists, spiral flutes, and other decorative accents on columns, legs and spindles. Being the frugal type that I am, I gathered salvaged materials from wherever I could, with a general idea of what I had in mind. As parts became available, it was an interesting challenge to make them work. For example, the linear-motion component was salvaged from a Nordic-trak-like machine. (Oddly, a remaining unused part of it is in the background of some pics) the chain-and-sprocket mechanism is from a restaurant conveyor-type commercial bread toaster. The inner structure, the orange colored pieces, are from some industrial doors I picked up somewhere. And, of course, the lathe bed and tailstock are from an ancient ‘Hobby Craft” lathe from the 1930’s, as mentioned in my blog. Pictured also is the first piece produced, for general testing purposes, a chunk of tulipwood salvaged from a pallet. I produced an array of cylinders on my Delta/Beaver lathe for detailing on this fixture, no I don’t believe I will do any sizing on this unit because it is all hand-operated except for the router itself. By the way, I love this antique B&D router which I’ve owned for 25 years. It’s even got a little light inside, near the collet! Anyway, this project was lots of fun, zillions of little problems to address one-at-a-time, and ultimately once all the little bugs are worked out I will re-create it with some beech understructure to replace the particle board stuff, and incorporate a few more improvements and upgrades. Feel free to ask me about how I did it, making stuff is fun, but making machines that make the stuff is a whole ‘nother experience! Thanks in advance for your comments.
ps More about it here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/27516#comment-579005 and. http://lumberjocks.com/poopiekat/blog/13091
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