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Project by Bearpaw posted 03-09-2014 02:35 AM 2415 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have tried to make bent wood rings, but in sanding I end up with flat spots. I thought that if I could find a small CHEAP lathe to spin the ring while I sand them, I would be able to have a more uniform shape and finish.

It is hard to find an old fashion sewing machine motor CHEAPLY. (Yes, I am cheap.) A friend gave me a more modern sewing machine, but the motor is much different. This really made things easier. There was a gear to be removed and shaft cut to length. To attach the turning to the shaft I took a threaded rod coupling nut to fellow Lumberjock Rufus Carswell to drill out one end of the nut to match the shaft diameter. It was then epoxied to the shaft. In the other end I attached a hanger bolt with one end with machine threads and the other with wood threads. The turning was then attached to the shaft. This turning is a tapered rod that I can put a ring blank on and hold in place by pushing it until there is a tight fit.

The shaft housing was 1 1/4” diameter. I drilled a hole in a block of wood. Then I ripped it to create a cradle to hold the shaft. It is held to the wood base by hose clamps cut in half then attached to the side of the block. Then it is attached to a plywood base.

A tail stock was made from a 3” x 3” x 3/8” aluminum angle. I drilled and tapped a hole for a bolt that I had tapered one end. This supported the other end of the turning.

The original sewing machine had a knee controlled speed controller. I replaced that with a push on/off variable switch normally used for household lights.

I tested it and it really works. It will not take a heavy load, so you have to be light with your touch.

This should make it easier to make groves for inlays.

Hoping that it will not be long before I can post my first ring.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin





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kiefer

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#1 posted 03-09-2014 02:39 AM

That’s cool and I am waiting for the results .

-- Kiefer 松

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robscastle

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#2 posted 03-09-2014 03:20 AM

Lets hope we get to see your first ring before the wife find her machine missing a motor or tries to dim the Lounge room lights!

A very clever project !

-- Regards Robert

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realcowtown_eric

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 03:26 AM

neccesity is the mother of invention.

Good on you!

Eric

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#4 posted 03-09-2014 04:14 AM

Very interesting, and really a cool idea. Great project.

-- "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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#5 posted 03-09-2014 08:12 AM

Good American ingenuity!

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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489tad

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#6 posted 03-09-2014 12:02 PM

Thats is a great way to solve a problem.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 03-09-2014 04:39 PM

Nice work Bearpaw, guess I need to get shaking and get the extra lathe motor replaced so you can borrow it. I was at the Woodworking show and saw a new JET for about 700 USD, looked nice, may have to do some horse trading for that one!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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nayo

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#8 posted 03-09-2014 05:32 PM

my kind of project!
i have a sewing machine motor as my drill, i do have a dremmel one but that’s mostly used in the shop, here in my house i needed something to drill holes for the scroll saw.

hope that works for you!

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Knothead62

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#9 posted 03-09-2014 08:35 PM

Great project. Bearpaw, I’m so cheap, they have my picture next to the work in the dictionary!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 03-09-2014 09:22 PM

Kinda reminds me of the Canadian Comedy The Red Green Show.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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jeffswildwood

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#11 posted 03-09-2014 11:17 PM

Nice. I have wanted for quite a while find a small motor that I could make something like this. It would be used to make (small) chess pieces. Even thought of trying a dremel.

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#12 posted 03-10-2014 11:27 AM

Where’s the duct tape?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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