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Forum topic by lew posted 03-11-2011 05:33 PM 2946 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2011 05:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig turning

Just received this link for a nice accessory for the lathe. Thought I’d pass it on.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 06:02 PM

I’ve got one of those old B&D drill guides that I thought about adapting to my lathe, with a piece of angle stock bolted to the bed. This design makes a whole lot more sense! Thanks for posting!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 08:12 PM

I used to make wooden pots/bowls for my wife Avril to go with the enamelled copper lids that she produced. At craft fairs, people would lift the lids to look inside, and I eventually realised that they were expecting to find pot-pourii within.
We decided that including pot-pourri would be a good idea, but as she didn’t want holes in the lid, I had to make holes in the bowl.

I did this by means of a steel bar that fitted my lathe tool rest holder, which had a 1/4 ” diameter drill bush pressed into it near the top. This bush acted as a guide for a bit in a small power drill. I indexed the bowl around its diameter to make about 12 holes to let the perfume escape, and this worked well.

I only used one size of drill, but if the bush were an easy fit in the bar, and locked by a screw, the system could use interchangeable bushes for different drill sizes. See crude drawing (the very top element represents a screw inserted into a tapped hole in the bar end):

As an amazing coincidence, as I was posting this comment, I Googled ‘pot-pourri bowl’ to find the correct term for Avril’s items, and what did I find but an advertisement for someone selling one of hers on EBay !!! It was one of the smaller versions we made, and can be seen here:

Just to confirm, the lid IS enamelled, i.e. a mixture of glass powder and lumps melted at red-hot temperatures onto a copper base, with the colours ‘swirled’ together with a long tool whilst the item is inside the kiln. When you realise that the swirling operation took place whilst the item was red-hot – so no individual colours could be seen – you can appreciate how clever Avril was in creating her designs.

The confusion over the word ‘enamel’ (perhaps only in the UK) was created when manufacturers started selling very high-gloss paint which they called ‘enamel’.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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