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#1 posted 11-04-2012 07:45 PM

I am able to use skews, gouges and scrapers, and I have. the size of the lathe has nothing to d with the size of the cutting tool. The turning on the converted lathes was done with a tool bit sharpened for wood cutting and the cross feed screw was replaced with a lever. on the back side of the cross feed there is a follower finger that traces the template. In this way we could exactly duplicate an existing turning or make thousands that were identical from one run to the next. The “big” lathe was not 16 feet between centers. We would bolt a headstock down to the floor outboard of the lathe bed, turn one half and then flip the turning end for end to do the balance. We would clamp a skill saw in the cross feed and turn the column pretty slow,45-60 rpm.
These are not very good but they give you an idea of what I am used to for equipment. My dad modified the two Atlas lathes in the early 1940’s with rolling grip clutches so they don’t have to be turned off to stop the material. Many times we wouldn’t shut the lathe down accept for lunch and going home and as you can see in the one video o some runs we could load and unload with the spindle running engaged. In the one video the tool holder is turned around backwards. On the back end of the tool there is a carbide insert. I use this when the customer supplies natural edge blanks or there is no fine detail in the finished part. The cutting edge lasts much longer. For the epee handles and guards I get 60-80 pieces on plain tool steel cutters before sharpening.

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