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Project by clieb91 posted 04-27-2012 06:30 PM 3538 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing very exciting to look at but I have a feeling it will be very useful. It is a knock out bar for my lathe. I got the idea from Cap’n Eddie (if you have not seen his videos he is a wealth of information) I had to use a 5/16” bar as I have a #1 Morse Taper and I found the piece of Black Mesquite yesterday at my local wood shop for cheap.
The process is pretty simple, cut the bar to length, glue in with epoxy, let dry and then attach to the lathe; my Drill Chuck worked well, then turn and finish.

Hope everyone has a good weekend and gets some shop time. I have a fe more small projects planned depending on the weather and what is going on.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)





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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 04-27-2012 09:35 PM

Looks good. My knockout bar is still the crappy plastic handled thing that came with the lathe. Guess I need to upgrade mine as well.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 04-27-2012 11:00 PM

Very nice : ) I will have to ditto David’s comment LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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medpall

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#3 posted 04-27-2012 11:52 PM

Hello friend, I have the same lathe I want to restore it and not as I was seen when it was new. might you to show me more photos of your lathe?

Nice proyect.

-- El azar favorece a una mente preparada.

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Karson

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 02:59 AM

Great job. Nice to make your own tools.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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KOVA

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#5 posted 04-28-2012 06:09 AM

DOMINAS EL MANEJO DEL LATHE CHRIS Y ESA HERRAMIENTA TE QUEDÓ MEJOR QUE COMPRADA ;-D

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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patron

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#6 posted 04-28-2012 06:17 AM

hime saies

mo better dan bot

yu goot tol make

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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whitewulf

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#7 posted 04-28-2012 06:22 AM

Clirb,

Do use this lathe for the pens? Seems I just can’t quit tinkering with mine(lathe) To turn out any projects

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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clieb91

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#8 posted 04-28-2012 03:17 PM

Thanks all for the comments. My lathe did not come with a knock out bar and as soon as I saw Cap’n Eddie’s video I knew I needed one. I have a plan though to make a slight modification to the lathe cover as I want a hole in it to put the knock out bar through with out having to lift the cover, it is just to awkward to hold the lid the knock out bar and catch the part I am knocking out. I’ll post something on my blog when I come up with it.

@medpall, I will track down some pics or take a few more and send them along, the biggest trick I have found is getting #1 Morse Taper parts. Woodcraft carries a few parts and I was able to get a new live center there, need a new drive center though.

@ whitewulf- I have done a ton of pens on my lathe, I ma just now branching off to try other things. I do love to tinker with it and just see how things come out though.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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David Kirtley

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#9 posted 04-28-2012 04:56 PM

Look at Penn State Industries for MT1 stuff. Lots of variety.

For better metalworking type, Sherline has MT1 on their spindles. They have a little wood turning stuff as well.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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dclinks

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 08:56 PM

What do you do if the taper wont come out, even with the rod? :)

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clieb91

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 12:13 PM

@DC- haven’t yet had that issue since I made this, did before though and just got a bigger hammer :)

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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