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Forum topic by RetiredCoastie posted 12-27-2010 06:09 PM 936 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RetiredCoastie

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12-27-2010 06:09 PM

While looking for answers to my problem with my speed control on a 1014VS Jet lathe I found this article for modifying my lathe for reverse turning. I thought some of you may be interested. My lathe is out of warranty so I will be doing this to mine as soon as I get my circuit board repaired. There are two articles, the 1st is by Bruce Perry at front range wood turners and the 2nd is an update with a few photos by Brandon Mackie. If your lathe is under warranty I don’t recommend doing this cause it will most definitely void it.
Here are the links:

http://www.frontrangewoodturners.org/misc_pdf/ReversingJet.pdf
http://www.frontrangewoodturners.org/misc_pdf/reversing_the_jet.pdf

Check out their website (www.frontrangewoodturners.org) they have a pretty nice site with lots of info.

I hope some of you will find this useful!

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 04:05 PM

I’m not a turner so forgive the naive question, Why would you want the lathe to turn backwards?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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rance

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#2 posted 01-01-2011 04:29 PM

He’s exactly right as long as its DC. Just don’t forget to use a chuck that you can lock so it won’t unscrew while working in reverse. I’d do the same, but my wife’s Delta Midi runs in reverse if I need to do that.

Mark, it helps sometimes if you can sand in both directions when you have some wild grain.

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RetiredCoastie

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 10:12 PM

Not only does it allow for reverse sanding but if you can lock your chuck you can perform reverse turning. I have seen this technique employed for bowl turning and it allows a more comfortable stance if your lathe doesn’t allow outboard turning negating the need to lean over the lathe bed when turning inside vessels.

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 11:32 PM

Thanks, rance.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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