|Project by llwynog||posted 07-11-2012 12:29 PM||4232 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
A few months ago, I built myself a small spring pole lathe and tested it with sculpture tools.
Since the proof of concept worked I bought some real turning tools (carbon steel, not HSS, specifically for pole spring lathes)
Although these lathes are usually related to working with green wood, I was quite amazed at the extremely clean surface that resulted in the cut from the new tools. After I sharpened them properly, I could see virtually no tearout and the surface could be finished right away.
- Picture 1 : My first test piece with the new tools. A baby rattle for my cousin’s daughter. Finished with only salad bowl finish.
- Picture 2 : The new tools and the above rattle
- Picture 3 : Some spoons I turned with the lathe (made a couple more since then). Woods are Cherry and Plum (Mirabelle)
- Picture 4 : A new handle for an old chisel (detailed blog post found here). Along with a top for my son to play with.
- Picture 5 : Roy Underhill’s mystery mallet : the handle was turned off-center on the lathe.
-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather