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Riser Blocks for a Wood Lathe? Yep!!

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A couple of years ago I was surfing Youtube for some bowl turning videos when I came across a video demonstrating a wood lathe accessory called a Ringmaster. This tool cuts angled concentric rings from a wood blank to make all sorts of cool projects like bowls, lamps, vases, etc. I was fascinated by this tool but not the cost for a new one. As luck would have it, I found one in mint condition on Craig’s List for less than half of what they were asking new. I bought it!!

Now, here was the problem, these Ringmaster machines are made lathe specific. The one I bought was for a Jet JWL-1236 with a 12” swing. My lathe was a vintage (1947) Craftsman with an 8” swing. All I had to do was to make my 8” Craftsman lathe into a 12” swing Jet lathe. No problem, I made the 2” oak riser blocks to go between the head and tail stock and the lathe bed. That created some minor attachment problems but nothing too serious. Fortunately, the way the Ringmaster attached to the bed of my lathe was almost identical to that of the Jet lathe and with some more tinkering it was a done deal.

Today, with my lathe stand completed I got to try out this cool tool for the first time since I bought it over a year ago. As the old saying goes, “where there is a will there is a way”

Enjoy!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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Hybridwoodwork

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#1 posted 453 days ago

BRILLIANT!

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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Deycart

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#2 posted 453 days ago

Have you noticed an increase in vibration? If you have you may want to consider a bit of leather between the metal and wood.

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 453 days ago

I agree with Hybridwoodwork This is BRILLIANT! This is one slick trick! Leave it to you Lee! You have done some great thing and I love your ideas!
Nice Job!
Tony

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 453 days ago

Outstanding job on that riser. If you can find that color paint, no one would know it is on a riser and not part of the original machine.
Did you also raise the tail stock?
Necessity is the mother of invention!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Oldtool

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#5 posted 453 days ago

Very ingenious, a magnificent solution to your situation, which apparently wasn’t a problem for you.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 453 days ago

Deycart, I haven’t noticed any vibration, but I haven’t gotten to use it much. If I do I will certainly give your suggestion a try.

Thanks Tony your comments are always appreciated.

Jim, I do have that color paint. I just hate painting wood :) Yes, both the head and tail stock have risers.

Oldtool, I had to try it :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 453 days ago

Give the man a mechanical problem or challenge, and just stand back. Great solution as always! Always a joy to see what you come up with. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Mauricio

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#8 posted 453 days ago

Wow, I’ve seen a wooden bed extension but never a wooden riser block. Great ingenuity!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Hawaiilad

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#9 posted 453 days ago

Great Idea. I have been looking at the Ring Master as well, but the free standing unit. I have made lots of flat board bowl on the scroll saw, but this allot easier. You might want to check out this woodworking forum under the heading of Ring Master….there are several people on that site that have the tool

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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RogerInColorado

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#10 posted 453 days ago

Way Kool!

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oakwood

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#11 posted 453 days ago

Very ingenious indeed and the concentric cutter sure makes for a quick bowl with no waste. Great idea.

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 453 days ago

Thank you all for your comments, I really appreciate the encouragement.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Sodabowski

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#13 posted 453 days ago

Dude, that’s a double WIN! Nice score on the Ringmaster and clever lathe update :) Thanks for sharing!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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stefang

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#14 posted 453 days ago

Clever and resourceful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Bill_N

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#15 posted 451 days ago

Sweet
must remember for future projects

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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