My latest project, a set of 6ft columns for a victorian restoration .

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Project by Bill_Z posted 01-05-2012 11:02 AM 1899 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are four 6 foot columns with the last one on the lathe. They are for an indoor entry way in a Victorian restoration in Santa Fe NM. Here are the newels. Red Oak, 38” straight taper, nothing to write home about. All turnings done freehand

-- Bill Zerby

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 03:26 PM

Very nice. That’s quite a lathe you’ve got there.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 03:55 PM

Looks great, I’s love to see the completed project

-- Whoever finds mistakes can keep them. English is a foreign language to me.

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 04:08 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Nice little lathe you have there, what is it? Those columns look great and should
look good in the entryway. What type of finish will they have? Thank you for sharing, and hope you enjoy
many more years turning.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 04:09 PM

NICE !....yeah so are the colums..whats the length an name brand of the lathe.. i like tools lol….

thanks keep posting those projects


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#5 posted 01-05-2012 06:10 PM

That’s an amazing lathe, nice turnings

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 06:15 PM

Impressive… nothing like working in small scale…!! I guess this goes under the heading of size matters.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 08:10 PM

Wow very cool. I like your lathe, now that is a lathe !!!!

-- Woodman12608, cedar Lake, IN

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#8 posted 01-05-2012 08:57 PM

Thanks all. The columns are a a layup of 16/4 molding grade sugar pine. They will be painted White. The newels (not shown yet) are 8/4 red oak with straight tapers 38” long. The lathe is a Oneway 2436 with a 3hp motor stretched to handle 9 1/2 feet between centers.

PS. dustyal, At 6’2” 295# I am a big guy. I have had major health issues since I was 25. As a result I tend to look at life as a BIG adventure! Although sometimes adventures include a lot of pucker factor.

-- Bill Zerby

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 09:23 PM

Wow that’s a sweet looking lathe u have there

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 09:47 PM

Monster of a lathe. Oneway with bed extensions? I’m not much of a turner. The posts are fantastic. Nice work.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 10:20 PM

Wow, that’s a pretty serious setup. The 2436 is among the top couple lathes on the market, and a real ‘wanna-have’ for most woodturners. Having the extra bed to extend the lathe over 9’ is pretty cool, but it’s built well enough to handle the load. In old days, had to have access to big pattern makers lathes, but this is a great solution and much easier to move should need arise.

Columns look good from what I can see…and they probably need a reference object to appreciate size, as alot of folks aren’t famililar with just how large that lathe is.


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#12 posted 01-06-2012 01:59 AM

Victorian restorations are always a very tedious and meticulous undertaking Bill. So have fun and keep on recreating what is a very difficult art form. Great turnings Bill!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#13 posted 01-06-2012 06:30 AM

Wow what a lathe! Now I have had my “Tool Drool” for the day…. Nice work.

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#14 posted 01-06-2012 04:17 PM

Bill, thank you for the info, I had heard of OneWay, but had never heard of the 2436 Lathe, now I have a
serious case of tool envy/drool, that I will just have to live with.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 01-06-2012 04:20 PM

The 2436 is the bigboy

Model: 2436
Swing: 24”
Between Centers: 36”
Total Length: 60”
Weight: 850 lbs.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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