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Project by Stephen Mines posted 02-12-2011 12:06 AM 1933 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ya gotta understand that at this point I was a one man band. So, I’ve got this great regular customer that needs 50 turnings, in five days. He has a BIG shop and is willing to furnish material, glue up (COM & PREP=customers own material and preparation) AND they’ll deliver the blanks AND pick up the turned parts, ten each day for five days. They had just discovered that they couldn’t produce them in-house and were a little desperate. Piece of cake, right? Not! Monday, when they delivered the first ten, I discovered they wouldn’t even fit on the lathe unless I cut the corners off. Also, I had to improvise a ramp out of two 8’ Jorgenson I-beam clamps just to get them ON the lathe. Huffing and puffing I only got 5 completed that day and in a phone call they agreed to clip the corners on the rest. Somehow during that week I caught up with the Monday shortfall and on Friday they picked up the last 10 of the 50. A month or so later the posh restaurant the tables were made for opened, I guess on time. Tough, hard job…translates to rewarding to have pulled it off.

-- Stephen Mines (

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 12:20 AM

I wonder, if you are to do such a large turning solo again, would it be worth it to rig up some sort of hoist from the ceiling to help you lift the blank up and slide it over to the lathe? Hernias are no fun from what I can tell…

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 12:23 AM

Wow, how much did the blanks weigh? That’s a lot of chips! Great Job!

-- Dean, Kinderhook, New York

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 12:23 AM

cool job

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 12:51 AM

That is one very impressive lathe. Great job on meeting the deadline.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 01:02 AM

“Fascinating,” he says with a Mr. Spock accent. :)

Your woodworking boldly goes where no woodworker has gone before.

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 02:25 AM

Wow, I am impressed with the lift, the lathe, and most of all the fact that you turned five of those in one day where it looks like you had to use a rip saw to cut off the corners. That is a lot of sawing. If you lived closer,and you called I could have brought over the chain saw.
That must have been an experience blocking them up to set the centers. I am glad you didn’t get hurt, well I hope you didn’t.
If I lived closer I would help on any project just to check out that lathe.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 02-12-2011 03:00 AM

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 12:12 PM

Great work! Looking real nice…...

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 05:02 PM

Are those pedestals or land anchors? I don’t think the tables will move! I would use one of those for an anvil base. Excellent work and consistent reproduction. How do you get such a large radius repeated accurately?

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#11 posted 11-30-2011 08:48 AM

I am impressed with your gritty can do attitude. Also the turnings look impeccable.
And I really feel for you with your dust collection woes, this is what is killing American jobs right now.
Maybe we should go back to the place we were before.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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