|Project by bushmaster||posted 03-20-2014 04:33 AM||2672 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
I have always used the metal lathe to cut the rolling pins surface flat and then finished the handles free hand on the wood lathe. The cut on the metal lathe was always smooth, and of course scraper cuts on the wood lathe quite abit rougher, more sanding. Now that I am making pins for sale, French design particuliarily, it would be great to do it all on the metal lathe. So I made this copy attachment, it takes the quess work out of the accuracy of the taper. By releasing the cross feed nut, using springs to allow the cross feed to follow the pattern.(different patterns screw to the shelf) I used a ball bearing for the follower. Depth of cut is adjusted by the compound feed. 2 to 3 cuts on automatic feed and you are done. I clamp the wood lathe spur in the metal lathe chuck, so it transfers back to the wood lathe for finish work. This does work well but there is more of a place for variation by doing the tapers on the wood lathe by eye. May seem funny to use a metal lathe for wood, but I have found it very usefull in a number of wood projects, and then if you need to make something for the shop or a machine from metal parts, its there. Well worth the investment. I hope this gives some of you an idea and not think I am crazy.
The laminated pins are the white birch core and brazilian cherry(Thats what the store said) laminated to the sides. I like this combination, uses a minimum amount of the expensive wood. I will be trying different kinds of woods, now as I think I have a sale able item.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia