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Rick M

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09-10-2015 05:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe control panel diy

I’m curious what you like or dislike about your lathe’s controls?
I’m putting a new lathe together and have complete freedom on the control panel. I can have the panel on the end of the headstock, down by the bed, above the headstock, on a cable so it can be moved around. I can have digital tachometer, analog control, or both. Speed change: dial or lever? Emergency stop switch or just on/off? Emergency stop seems unnecessary to me as long as I can reach the regular on/off. Digital tachometer looks cool but I think it has minimal utility on a wood lathe as a hundred rpms one way or the other won’t make much difference.

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hairy

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#1 posted 09-10-2015 06:20 PM

I don’t think digital readout is necessary. Keep it simple. On/off, speed control, direction. Are you always going to be at the headstock, tailstock or only 1 side of the lathe to work from? Take it with you wherever you go.

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#2 posted 09-10-2015 06:25 PM

Good question. I think for a new person, maybe a Roughing speed, finishing speed,”rough sanding speed”, “finishing sanding speed”, Sensor that detects pressure on adjusting pin, vibration sensor at a certain speed that warns of a dull blade, built-in adjustable laser beams scanner to measure the diameter at various length, wood density weakness detector, bowl turning control panel, light sensor that follows the movement of the blade. I’ll leave some out for others to add!
Here is mine:

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#3 posted 09-10-2015 06:31 PM



Roughing speed, finishing speed,”rough sanding speed”, “finishing sanding speed”
- mrjinx007

Isn’t that why all the old lathes are 4 speeds ;)

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#4 posted 09-10-2015 06:33 PM

Yes, but how do you know which speed is for what and what kind of sandpaper is being used??

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#5 posted 09-10-2015 06:46 PM

Yes, but how do you know which speed is for what and what kind of sandpaper is being used?

After using it for a while, you will quickly figure that out :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: My ‘control panel’ consists of a DPDT toggle switch mounted on the motor (stock factory setup).

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#6 posted 09-10-2015 07:32 PM

I’d be happy with that Robust magnetic control! :)

Seriously, I think Robust has it right. Emergency stop, speed control, and forward/reverse on a wired remote. Everything else under the sun at the headstock.

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

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#7 posted 09-10-2015 09:51 PM

I’ll be the first to say that I wouldn’t give up my digital tach for anything now that I have it. For a newbie like me, it’s a great learning tool, mostly because when I had the 4-speed belt-n-pulley setup I never had a clue what speed that old one was spinning. Also no more messing around with changing the belt every time. Just turn the dial… YEAH !
I’ve been watching Tim Yoder’s videos and I also have noticed how handy it would be to have it on a cable with the magnetic base.
I can tell you one thing that I’d never have again (if I were to ever get another) would be that stupid “feature” that Grizzly uses that if you turn the lathe off using the big red/yellow “safety” switch, you MUST turn the FWD – REV switch off then back to on, to start the lathe back up. It’s a minor issue, but a bit of a pain nonetheless.

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#8 posted 09-11-2015 01:01 AM

Nova’s push-buttons are nice, but I would prefer a dial instead of up/down arrows for speed control:

I would also be a lot happier if Nova would get me the wireless remote control that was promised with my lathe. For some (unexplained) reason, the wireless remotes for their DVR lathes are “out of production”.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 09-11-2015 01:18 AM

I’m surprised at the popularity of controls on a cable. I thought it would be awkward.

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#10 posted 09-11-2015 05:48 AM


I m surprised at the popularity of controls on a cable. I thought it would be awkward.

- Rick M.

Rick, yes cable is rather ackward and more expensive that’s why I go with satellite …....... !

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#11 posted 09-11-2015 07:03 AM

For me as many manual levers and buttons as possible!

No seriously i prefer it simple. An on/off svich will do.

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#12 posted 09-11-2015 08:19 AM

I’ve also watched Yoder turn a ton of wood…that’s why I voted for a remote control. (no Robust in my shop) Looks like a no-brainer feature. Wireless? Even better, unless I lose the remote. :(

My simple Jet 1022vs:

six belt speeds, but with variable control at each belt setting. Works great, but nobody like changing pulleys.

Rick, definitely a knob for speed control over a lever.

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

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#13 posted 09-11-2015 11:08 AM

Build a control box that is functional and reliable. That is what commercial lathe makers do. Locate your control box so convenient for you to see & operate whether on headstock, center of the lathe or remote.

Have Jet 1642 with all controls on the headstock and happy with that. I normally don’t look at the RPM window much when adjusting speeds these days unless lathe starts rocking with dry/wet & out of balanced wood.

Good luck with it and post some pics when done.

-- Bill

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#14 posted 09-11-2015 11:12 AM

SEE! there are those who understand the advantage of turning wood on a metal lathe! lol. Both of my homeuilts have F/R, speed pot, and a start stop switch that is a commercial mushroom estop switch on a magnetic pendant. The big one has preset speed ranges but I don’t use them very often. I thought it would be helpful for “roughing”, “balanced cutting” and “sanding”

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hairy

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#15 posted 09-11-2015 12:13 PM

You could build the control panel of your dreams, plus an ON/OFF foot switch on a cable, such as scrollsaw users have.

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