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Forum topic by PASs posted 01-31-2013 12:42 AM 1862 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2013 12:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: turning stone rock lathe

Sorry Debbie….couldn’t see anywhere better to post this.
Has anyone done much stone turning?
If you have any good information links so I don’t clutter the LUMBERjocks site I’d appreciate it.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 01:03 AM

I think you’d want a metal lathe for that.

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 01:58 AM

“Curling” is a game played on the ice, like shuffleboard, using ’ rocks’ which are 40 lb granite stones which are turned on a lathe. Fascinating process, here’s a video, sorry for the non-related stuff.
Oh, and I’m with Loren, definitely a metal lathe.

-- 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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#3 posted 01-31-2013 03:47 PM

You use every trick in your book…from double sided carpet tape, to hot melt glue, vacuum chucks, jam chucks, CA Glue, always keep the rpm’s very slow I try to never go over 500 an old time stone turner taught me that and every time I break that rule the project breaks, I started on my mini cabatech lathe but have turned on all of my lathes so size matters not. it doesn’t need to be a metal lathe but it could be…or even a pole lathe would work great because low rpm’s is good…tools I use scrapers and pointing tools no gouges or skews you could do details maybe with a skew like a tiny groove but no planing cuts in my opinion..go slow it is fun
The finish the countertop people use mineral oil, but again play around I have used many things use your imagination and experiment on your own just keep it slow I reached down one time DAY DREAMING and turned the speed way up….the bowl exploded and I was bleeding several places and dazed mild concussion and went into shock…I did have safety glasses on thank God…explains why I am so ugly..

-- Cosmicturner

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 04:06 PM

What kind of stone?
I understand that soapstone turns well with regular lathe tools.
As was said, go slowly.


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#5 posted 01-31-2013 04:11 PM

From one “cosmic” to another, very cool answer! I love the stone bowl project, among others, in your projects section.

-- jay,

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 03:34 PM

tis a no here, but, sounds interesting Pete.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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