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Forum topic by metroplexchl posted 10-22-2017 02:57 AM 1120 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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metroplexchl

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10-22-2017 02:57 AM

I met a guy that was retiring to Florida and was dumping woodworking equipment to young newbies like me for insane prices to help get youngins like me started. Incredibly generous of him i thought!

So i got the PSI Turnmaster Commander, a $100 chuck, lathe table, and 16 different Rockler brand lathe tools of various kinds for $250. I got it set up tonight and realized that PSI has zero video tutorials out there. And being a newbie turner, I have no idea what I’m doing. I have plans to take a class in December, but its mid-October and I can’t wait anymore.

I thought it would be fun to turn a billy club or something out of some firewood jsut to get a feel for it, but I can’t get the spindle lock to stay unlocked!

Anyone out there have a turnmaster commander? I followed the directions on the knob and turned left to unlock it, but it won’t STAY unlocked. Am I doing something wrong?

-- What ever you do, be good at it. -Abe Lincoln


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Rick_M

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#1 posted 10-22-2017 05:18 AM

Couple of things, I need to update this article but the info is still accurate.
http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/2014/03/learning-to-turn-on-youtube.html

A billy club is what is called spindle turning and you can do that between centers, no chuck needed.

Spindle lock, are you talking about on the tailstock?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Wildwood

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#2 posted 10-22-2017 11:11 AM

Not sure which version of that lathe you have but can go to their site and check out the manual for model lathe you have. That should help you some.

https://www.pennstateind.com/library/KWL-1218VS_7-28-16.pdf

Like Rick, not sure sure if talking about index pin or tailstock. If find the manual at PSI for your lathe and can ID the part having trouble with maybe we can help.

-- Bill

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metroplexchl

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#3 posted 10-22-2017 04:25 PM

Here’s a pic from the manual. It’s the part on top that the arrow is pointing to.

-- What ever you do, be good at it. -Abe Lincoln

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#4 posted 10-22-2017 09:08 PM

Have you tried lifting or pulling up on the index pin while unscrewing? There is a cap screw, stop bolt, bushing and washer. If the stop bolt is stripped and not engaging not sure what to tell you.

If lifting and unscrewing doesn’t work might shoot PSI tech support an e-mail or call asking for advice.

-- Bill

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metroplexchl

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#5 posted 10-22-2017 11:07 PM

Thanks everyone. I made a little work around. I cut a walnut block to fit in there and wedge it up and open. I ut a screw across the opening so it couldn’t work itself out while I’m working.

That way I can play with it until Monday when I’ll call PSI tech support.

-- What ever you do, be good at it. -Abe Lincoln

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#6 posted 10-23-2017 06:43 AM

Finding a woodturning club would be a good start.Of course YouTube has many woodturning vidoes to view.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 10-23-2017 10:39 AM

Glad you found a work around hope find an easy permanent fix.

Not sure if you are into turning pens but there are a lot of people with same lathe here.

http://www.penturners.org/forum/

-- Bill

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metroplexchl

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#8 posted 10-26-2017 01:45 AM

thanks all

-- What ever you do, be good at it. -Abe Lincoln

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