LumberJocks

I did a project for a woodworker

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodturning forum

Forum topic by Arlin Eastman posted 09-27-2013 06:03 PM 999 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Arlin Eastman's profile

Arlin Eastman

2250 posts in 1315 days


09-27-2013 06:03 PM

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.


20 replies so far

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112939 posts in 2331 days


#1 posted 09-27-2013 06:12 PM

Well done, small can be very hard to do.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Tugboater78's profile

Tugboater78

1233 posts in 946 days


#2 posted 09-27-2013 06:13 PM

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"

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

7950 posts in 2806 days


#3 posted 09-27-2013 06:25 PM

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"

View Arlin Eastman's profile

Arlin Eastman

2250 posts in 1315 days


#4 posted 09-27-2013 06:51 PM

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.

View lew's profile

lew

10166 posts in 2509 days


#5 posted 09-27-2013 09:37 PM

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.

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

7950 posts in 2806 days


#6 posted 09-27-2013 10:07 PM

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"

View DS's profile

DS

2132 posts in 1174 days


#7 posted 09-27-2013 10:49 PM

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

View DS's profile

DS

2132 posts in 1174 days


#8 posted 09-27-2013 10:53 PM

My bad, $0.80 each

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

View DIYaholic's profile (online now)

DIYaholic

14685 posts in 1429 days


#9 posted 09-28-2013 01:45 AM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

View Arlin Eastman's profile

Arlin Eastman

2250 posts in 1315 days


#10 posted 09-28-2013 01:50 AM

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.

View Roger's profile

Roger

15371 posts in 1558 days


#11 posted 09-29-2013 12:17 PM

Some delicate turning there

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

View mafe's profile

mafe

9690 posts in 1843 days


#12 posted 09-30-2013 12:01 PM

Amazing, and so crisp.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

View DS's profile

DS

2132 posts in 1174 days


#13 posted 09-30-2013 02:56 PM

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

View DS's profile

DS

2132 posts in 1174 days


#14 posted 09-30-2013 03:08 PM

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

View DS's profile

DS

2132 posts in 1174 days


#15 posted 09-30-2013 06:12 PM

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

showing 1 through 15 of 20 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase