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Lathe of your Dreams

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#151 posted 523 days ago

That’s one is pretty sweet too. I think it was mentioned on a TV show on the Discovery Channel a few years ago. I think it was called “Doing DaVinci” or something like that. It was a sweet show, but I think there were only 2 episodes…

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#152 posted 522 days ago

Doing Da Vinci huh …. i think i saw that movie late at night while staying in an Italian hotel. European televison is kinda racy.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#153 posted 522 days ago

Have you guys ever looked into the Victorian Rose Machines? Talk about a piece of machinery and art all thrown together.

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#154 posted 522 days ago

Terry, I should have measured it before it went out, but it is a Christmas ornament, I would say the globe was just over 3” in diameter and probably 3 1/2” high. The top finial was about an inch, and the bottom about 2 1/2”. There is nothing wrong with the 1220, I have turned on one a few times, and am thinking about getting a mini. That one is on top of the list.

However, seeing some of the pedal/treadle lathes, I wonder if I should go that way, that way I can combine my time on my bike and on the lathe….. Hmmmmm…...

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#155 posted 522 days ago

A box from Alexandria, LA showed up in the mail today. Looks like the Rust King has some more work to do…

A DUNLAP #3. Plastic handles, too…

might be the remains of a label?? Or, a price sticker? Front knob needs a new bolt…

Old one lost it’s head, and is a might bent. Both handles are in good shape, if you like Bakelite. Iron even has a “model Number”: “BL 619.3726” under neath the DUNLAP in a circle logo. even has a ” REG. TRADE MARK” stamped there. Frog looks a bit “simple”, too

Just a $6 + S&H plane….

Give a few days….

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#156 posted 522 days ago

Bandit, you sure do go for the rust buckets! I suppose that’s how you became so talented so quickly…tons of practice!

Are you gonna turn a new plastic knob for that #3? :)

You know, it seems like using today’s computers, it wouldn’t be too hard to ‘replicate’ some decals…just an evil thought…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#157 posted 522 days ago

Terry, there are people who make stanley stickers. I remember seeing a set on ebay not too ong ago…... Darn nice ones.

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#158 posted 521 days ago

This one didn’t “need” a new knob, darn it. I keep looking for those that do, just as an excuse to turn a couple more knobs. The tricky part would be to make TOTES on the lathe. Maybe rig up a jig like Colt had for rifle stocks??? The trim to fit?

As for that Rust Bucket…

cleaned up welll?????

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#159 posted 521 days ago

Bandit, the plane thread is the right place to show your planes try to stay on topic brother.

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#160 posted 520 days ago

MY MISTAKE!

However, I do like to use a lathe to turn the knobs for these little guys. Even if it is on an old,cheap Craftsman “T” bed lathe. It will squeal now and then, but still keeps a-going after 20+ years.

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#161 posted 520 days ago

Hey Terry – you still want some used guitar strings? I completely forgot to check on my stash when I said I would, but I just remembered and it appears that I have 2 sets, so 6 unwound strings total…PM me if you want them and I’ll throw in the wound ones if you promise to let me know if you find a use for them!

-- Jason K

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#162 posted 520 days ago

Carguy, send me a set, I will make handles and send you a couple back with nice handles…...

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#163 posted 520 days ago

Gshepherd – one set is yours if you want, but I have no need for handles for them…I don’t even have a lathe! And I had no idea about the “burning” thing with wire until a few days ago! Thanks for the offer, however! PM info and I’ll mail you a set…

Next time I change strings on my stable of instruments (4 guitars, 2 bass, 1 fiddle) I’ll make sure to let the turners here know…

-- Jason K

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#164 posted 520 days ago

Could always make your own if you want the exercise. Pick up an old sewing machine which sell for dirt cheap, mount an old style lathe to it. Those even used rubber belts to hook up the sewing machine making them easy to adapt.

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#165 posted 520 days ago

derosa – I’ve often pondered making a lathe for myself for quite some time. I’m pretty sure I could build a treadle lathe pretty easily, and even easier still a spring pole type…thats a good idea with the sewing machine though…hmmm

-- Jason K

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#166 posted 520 days ago

Jason, thanks, but I scored a set of strings this week from a friend..’.nano-wound’ whatever that means! :)

I’m hoping to make wooden handles for them any day now…will post photos…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#167 posted 519 days ago

Here’s the one I made. Drill a small hole all the way through, then drill a larger hole half way through. Feed the wire in the small hole, pull the knot in the wire up into the large hole. The wire is plain stainless steel, leftover from hanging a suspended ceiling.

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#168 posted 519 days ago

nice -hairy

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#169 posted 519 days ago

I’ve also looked into the treadle powered lathe, and a scroll saw that I’ve got as well, interchangeable using a treadle sewing machine assembly. My only issues are space at this point, and I’d have to find one with out a sewing machine, or with one that doesn’t work at all. I’d feel bad tearing apart a working one… I like them too much.

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#170 posted 519 days ago

While I would love a lathe with bigger swing than my humble little Central Machinery #34706 (Jet JWL1236 clone) , I must admit that the same said lathe has done everything I have asked it to without a single complaint. I would like to add some upgraded tool rests, but then again, I would do the same to a Jet as well…

All in all, I must say I am blessed with what I have, and am happy to just be able to turn when I want to..

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#171 posted 519 days ago

So, no problems with the pulleys on your machine? I was looking at some reviews the other day on that machine, and that was the recurring issue. Still not sure which way I want to go. Now, I am looking at midi size lathes. I am all over the place. : )

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#172 posted 519 days ago

I have a box full of rough turned bowls that I turned about two years ago. I have a oneway talon chuck but the jaws weren’t the right size to hold the bowls so I could true up the bottoms so I made a new set.

It seems to work pretty good so far

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#173 posted 519 days ago

GM, very nice on the Talons…...

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#174 posted 519 days ago

REO-I just went down to look at the drive motor and it is a .50 hp at 1630/1360 rpm ac drive motor. I had a real knowledgeable guy that works on industrial stuff set this lathe up. I have no idea how it all works but it is a great set up. It will crawl so slow that its hard to see it move, up to a much faster speed of which i don’t know what it is . It’s nice when you are moving right along on the easy stuff and then slow it down to a crawl on the more difficult cuts.

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#175 posted 519 days ago

Very impressive wooden jaws there, GM! Please let me know when you are ready for internet orders…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#176 posted 518 days ago

Well, here’s what I did with the guitar string my bud gave me…

...handles are turned from black walnut…brass ferrules from Lee Valley…the brass insert at the butt end holds a bit of the string by friction only so I can easily change wires as they wear out. Oh yeah, the brass inserts are just the ‘female’ half of some cheap saw nuts from McMaster Carr.

And the huge gouge…..mmmmmmm…...me like! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#177 posted 518 days ago

Nice Terry. A new way to make music with a guitar strings.

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#178 posted 518 days ago

Looks like Woodcraft has the mini Rikon 1216 for $229 on black friday sale. I am just unsure what I “need” in a lathe. Typically I am not a fan of “bench top” type tools, but what I think I want to learn to turn, or turn first, all seems to be small stuff. Chisel handles, maybe a mallet or six, small stuff. I really dont have room for a big lathe, which is also an obstacle right now. Seems like a good deal based on normal selling price. If I like turning, or need more machine, I suppose I could upgrade. I know there a people who keep two bandsaws. A small for curves, and then a larger. Do small lathes have a purpose, when/if a larger one shows up? I feel pretty ridiculous about all the questions, because obviously, I have NO CLUE what I am doing…

If I decide to brave the Friday crowds, I may see if they have any left, and also inquire if the NOVA lathe that is currently on sale will ever be offered at the $900 price it was recently. I think if I go full size, that is the one that catches my eye the most.

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#179 posted 518 days ago

Terry, looking pretty sweet there…. Those ferrels from LV are not to bad are they.
Here is a quick fix of a lathe project I posted a day ago…

Scotty, check youtube videos on Carl Jacobson, He has a bench top lathe and does great work on it. It is a Delta.
2 lathes many guys have the my uncle has 4 of them….. You could use the smaller one for smaller projects and get a bigger on later….

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#180 posted 518 days ago

Oh…... tomorrow be prepared to see a kick a$$ Stave vessel ….... It was a lot of fun actually to make and sure beats buying the bigger hunks of wood.

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#181 posted 518 days ago

GShepard, NICE work! Is that a maple burl?

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#182 posted 518 days ago

RV, It is Amboyna Burl, for the life of me I could not remember what it was then it hit me….. Tough sometimes to turn wants to tear out and catch….

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#183 posted 518 days ago

GS, awesome…bowl? I’m not sure what it is except lovely! Oh my the Amboyna Burl…I bet there was a ton of gap filling and sanding to finish that one…would love to see the joinery,too.

I’d also love to see MORE completed turnings here…please…more eye candy!

Poor Shane, I feel your troubles…The decisions are completely overwhelming, and I’m NOT sure this forum will help! :) Everyone has great advice, but different wants, space, and credit card limits!

Bud, buy small for starters…mine only has 12×20” of workimg room and is table mounted. Jet wanted to sell me a set of legs for $200, but I built a sturdy tank from pine and mdf for $40, and spent the rest on chucks and chisels.

Sounds like you wanna start off turning small stuff like me…get a small lathe. $400-700. About 3/4 hp. Spend the rest of you budget on a set of Nova chucks and 2 or 3 jaws that fit the chuck, a replacement drive spur ($20), and a tail mounted drill chuck ($25). And chisels. I’ve been sharpening my vintage craftsman chisels one by one…and they are far superior for certain tasks over the expensive carbide tips.

Hey, if you find you don’t like a bench top lathe, sell it to Don next year…he sure needs a new lathe! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#184 posted 518 days ago

I am going to go to WC on Friday to see if they have the little Rikon 1216VS, if they do, I will jump on it and a couple accessories. I just need to learn, and see if it is for me. Thanks for all the input guys.

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#185 posted 518 days ago

Some WC stores have different classes on turning, scroll work, etc.

Maybe ask your WC store Shane and see if they have a turner class or something.

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#186 posted 517 days ago

Gsheppard , Is that your rendition of the Holly Grail? It is beautiful

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#187 posted 517 days ago

Shane, I recommend you go midi sized. That will let you do chair spindles and table legs as well as it will do small stuff well too. I think something equivalent to the jet jwl1236. This is a great little lather it has served me very well for many years and it never complains when I put it to work on projects big and small. It was not a ton of money and every major manufacture has one that competes with this model. This class is perfect for a beginner who does not yet know all the things he will turn.

One of my Favorite turning projects is spindle lamps. And another is chess sets I have turned several sets and they are a blast. One day Al will send me that Chestnut he promised and I will have a black walnut and chestnut chess set in a large sized turning. Should be a blast to turn My favorite piece to turn is the king then the queen and the castle.

My next project will be the Cocobolo totes for my SW chisel set. I think I will copy the Lie Nielsen tote for the chisel design. I will use Ca glue for the finish as the high luster and strength of the finish is hard to beat.

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#188 posted 517 days ago

Dude, funny you mentioned Holy Grail cause that is correct. In a college course I did a big report on Knights Templer….

Shane, I looked at that Rikon and I am now seriously looking at one as well…. For that kind of money you can not go wrong. Get a small chuck, a extra belt for the lathe, the small 3 piece set of easy wood tools. If you can swing it get another small chuck with the tailstock adapter….Drill chuck… They have a good price on the slimline kits also, normal 31.50 friday 19.99…..... Not a darn thing wrong with that lathe…... smokin price… heck you spend 100 or so bucks on a piece of crap off CL…. You may have to fine tune it a bit sand the tool rest a bit, under the banjo….....

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#189 posted 517 days ago

Looks like the Harbor Freight is the same as the Rikon with different
paint.

HF is 199.99, the Rikon is 351.49 on Amazon and it’s 70-050VS

I dunno.

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#190 posted 517 days ago

Rikon will be $229 @ WC Friday. With my luck, now that I have made up my mind, they will be sold out by the time I get there. I may send the old lady, they are hard core shoppers, out all night type of insanity. I would hate for shopping and have it cut into my football and turkey leftover time…plus I am not sure where I come down on the similar looking products manufactured under different names. I personally doubt they are “the same”, not that I have anything against that HF lathe, heck it could be plan B or C. Something else to consider.

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#191 posted 517 days ago

Rikon is 229.00 on Friday——-

Bed swing lowest speed

rikon 16” 300

HF only 10” 750 Plus HF model has a 1mt and a 2mt for head and tail stock…. Rikon at least keeps it the same 1mt…. They are not the same at all…... Rikon handsdown winner IMOP

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#192 posted 517 days ago

There is simply now doubt in my mind I would want a fully tricked out Robust American Beauty Lathe. It really is a beauty to work on and a fine, well made American machine.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#193 posted 517 days ago

Thanks for clearing that up GShep.

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#194 posted 517 days ago

Called the local WC. Open @ 9am, have 7 of the little Rikons. They have had a lot of calls and questions about them. Probably go quickly….maybe it aint meant to be? He was unsure (WTF?) If once they are, if they could be ordered in at that price…

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#195 posted 517 days ago

Shane, how about a call in order credit card in hand ready….

Wah, your welcome…..

Dr. Ken, The Robust does look to be the cat’s meow….

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#196 posted 517 days ago

Will it be that price on their website friday?? maybe could do and online order?

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#197 posted 517 days ago

I’m jealous of you guys living in the big city…

No way to run over to WC or ANY decent store out here in the sticks! Yesterday, I opened my new Nove 75mm jaws hoping to chuck up some mallet heads on the lathe and drill ‘em for the handle tenons…nope…75mm jaws only open to 68mm according to my eyes. bummer…back to the drill press game…

I’m seriously thinking of making a set of jaws today using GMatheson’s photo as inspiration…3/4” melamine perhaps?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#198 posted 517 days ago

Shane, bud, get up early tomorrow morning and get to the store when they open!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#199 posted 517 days ago

Terry. You probably don’t need to go all the way up to 3/4” unless you are making some big jaws. I used 1/2” ply for mine and it seems pretty solid. If I was to make a smaller set of jaws I would probably just use 1/4” MDF but stick with 1/2” for the grippy part

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#200 posted 516 days ago

GM, thanks for the tip because I’m sure I will build a set of jaws soon…I mostly thought of 3/4” since that’s what I have in the shop.

But, today I found an easier way…I was trying to bore a 1” hole 3” deep into the butt end of some pretty reddish wood (no names), but don’t have an expanding chuck to reach that large. So, what does the book say to do in the first place?

Simply glue a block of wood on the pretty stuff, and turn a tenon that WILL fit in one of my chucks. Hello! Where was my brain? :) Anyhow…wood in clamps now…must remember glue chucks, glue chucks…

But…for grabbing the outer rim of a finished bowl…I also noticed somewhere on the www where a turner had purchased a set of Nova 100mm jaws and used that extra set of holes to mount shop made jaws. Another option?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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