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Arlin Eastman

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298 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: ebony lathe turning traditional

About a year ago Rob Wong asked if anyone did miniture turnings and I volunteered.

Well I did and had a very hard time of making an ebony turning so small. Ebony is very very chippy and even worse as you go small.

and here

I went through 6 ebony pen blanks and some he sent me. I finally made 2 jigs which I forgot to take pictures of and made 2 sets and mailed them.
He never recieved them so amonth later I remade them and this time put a tracking # and insurance on them and they made it to Hawaii in recoard time.

These are for a Miniture Uke he is making for his friend.

Here is what he gave me to go by.

All I can say is “It was a challange)

Enjoy
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 298 days ago

Well done, small can be very hard to do.

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Tugboater78

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#2 posted 298 days ago

never done any turning, but those tiny things look like they would be tricky, nice job!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 298 days ago

I’d like to see HOW you turned them…

Your Plan doesn’t match the Real thing… doesn’t look like the Shank is tapered enough and large enough at the head. (??)

Nice work though… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 298 days ago

Joe
It is an opticial illision (sp)

The top of the shank Is 3/32 tapering to 1/16 it is just the short range of the taper about 9/16” that makes it look steep.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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lew

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#5 posted 298 days ago

I can’t even begin to think how you must have made these, Arlin!

Nice Work!

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 298 days ago

Arlin,

If you say so…

The actual pictures don’t look like an optical illusion to me…

... anyway… Nice job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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DS

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#7 posted 298 days ago

Funny thing is you can buy these for about $1.25 each from a luthiery supply store.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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DS

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#8 posted 298 days ago

My bad, $0.80 each

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 298 days ago

Did you use a “Micro-lathe??? ;^)

What’s next….
A “Micro-turning” using a microscope???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Arlin Eastman

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#10 posted 298 days ago

DS

If they are the same size for a mini uke that would work. I wonder if they are machine made or turned by hand?

Randy

Now that is funny :)))

No I just put my reading glasses on and used my Delta 46-460.

Joe

Sorry about them not pleasing your math part of you, they were only .001 to .003 off either a little to big or a little to small by me digital caliper.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Roger

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#11 posted 297 days ago

Some delicate turning there

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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mafe

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#12 posted 296 days ago

Amazing, and so crisp.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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DS

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#13 posted 295 days ago

https://www.internationalviolin.com/SearchByCategory.aspx?CategoryCode=82

These are designed for a violin. They have all the sizes from 4/4 down to 1/16 size.
You would have to call to determine the size match, but they’ve always been helpful to me.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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DS

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#14 posted 295 days ago

Arlin, there is an automatic lathe that makes these. They mostly turn out those tiny spindles for gallery railing.

They spit out about 10 at a time and take just a few seconds to do that. It is a beast of a machine.
You load blanks into a hopper on one side and finish parts fall into a hopper on the other side. Likety-Split.

A local shop had one of these machines listed for sale a few years back. Very impressive hardware.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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DS

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#15 posted 295 days ago

Usually, the final taper is set by the Luthier.

I have an adjustable tapering jig, (Looks like a glorified pencil sharpener), that I use to set my final taper when fitting to an instrument.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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