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01-10-2012 02:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe safety instrument making apricot armenian skill

I joined here to get information and learn a bit about woodworking. I was a machinist at Boeing a number of years ago, and worked in metal, mostly as a drill press operator. Worked at Egging Company near Gurley NE for a while as a Radial Arm Drill operator before moving out to Western Michigan to become a winemaker at Fenn Valley Vineayrds (another story)

I have a duduk I bought on ebay and recently purchased another one from a well respected Aremeian duduk maker, which they call “Master” I am intereseted in seeing if I can make a duduk, out of the traditional Apricot wood and have bought some Apricot wood blanks 15” long and now studying different lathes makes and models tha tcan handle something 15+ inches between the centers.

Now, the amusing video I’ll share. When you go to the link you will see a youtube video of the making of an Armenian Duduk by “Master” Simon. I post this as you will probably get a smile on your face as you watch it and see them cutting what I consider fireplace size wood logs with a chain saw while wearing slippers. You’ll see his foot slip out of the slippers while cutting with the chain saw. The table saw cranked all the way up and cutting a larger than blade dept chunk would make OSHA cringe. Their tools inside on the lathe are somewhat of a rather “less-than-refined” choices as well.

I have looked at some lathe’s so far made by Harbor Freight, Rikon 70-100, Penn State Industries, with an 18” center and a few others. ANY of them seem a cadillac to what they have/are using there in Armenia. I’m not posting this to be snobbish, or to rub them the wrong way, but they choice of tools and use lead me to believe that I can make a duduk as well, using proper wood. Any ideas on drilling the center bore, which is 12mm hole, please do so. I am thinking of using a type of center piece steady device like Oneway Spindle Steady, taking off the rear piece of the lathe and while the wood is turning, use a long 12mm drill to go down the center of the wood when it is somewhat turned down. I saw on the video that the Armenian guy was using a drill bit that had a welded piece on it that fit into the center of the lathe table and I believe this way he kept the drill at about the right height and from turning in his hands as he put it in and out of the wooden duduk piece he was drilling.

Link is here: Enjoy the video as it is an interesting insight on how fortunate we are in America in our choice of tools.

-- Vern in SW Michigan look me up at my website at sometime

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 02:13 PM

I haven’t watched all of the video yet, but was startled to see (at 8:08 mins) the table saw operator pass the end of a piece he had just sawn over the top of a planer/jointer – which appeared to have been spinning beside the saw blade all the time he was sawing – with no cover of any kind!

I sometimes think you guys in the US are a little over the top about safety features, but this seems to be the opposite extreme.

The operator also seems to think that pushsticks are for cissies – although one must admit that the rough shapes being worked might make their use a bit tricky.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 08:30 PM

Back in Nebraska where I am from we used chain saws to cut wood for our stoves, but several folks I knew had buzz saws. They are driven by Power Take Off shafts from a motor, ususally a tractor, and run a rather large saw with HUGE amounts of torque. The wood is placed on “shelf” and it has stops to cut at certain lengths, and then it is pushed into the saw, and there you have a very neatly cut, very FAST cut piece of wood. Then from there it would go to the hydraulic run log splitter, that about everyone around here uses these days for splittiing fire wood. two men working could cut up and split as much halves and quarters in a couple hours as those guy probably could in 2 days. There are also way better machines for making cores than a table saw as well.

Belts out in the open on those wood lathe and it appears like that they have one speed. I guess that works since they make them all the time…. just saying.

-- Vern in SW Michigan look me up at my website at sometime

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