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Forum topic by DKV posted 08-31-2014 09:32 PM 771 views 1 time favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2014 09:32 PM

Just finished painting and reassembling. In between the build and the paint I managed to play with it a bit and it seems to work well. Yesterday my Capt Eddie chisels arrived. I have also modified a couple of old chisels I have.

After a little more practice I am going to attempt a chess set for my grandson. Below are some pictures of the style.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.


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#1 posted 08-31-2014 10:47 PM

At first glance it looks like a Dewalt mini lathe ,you have made the right improvements,like the trigger,reinforced tool rest, you even bought a yellow & black safety goggles,lol.the whole thing looks well made and functional.
The chess set (last picture) looks hard to make ,it will be a good learning experience.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 10:49 PM

Nice, it is really cool.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 11:33 PM

Capt Eddie carbide cuts pretty smooth.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 04:55 AM

My next project?

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#5 posted 09-01-2014 05:42 AM

I’ve seen several of these DIY lathes over the years. Very inventive and it’s gotta save a ton of cash and looks like it can get you the desired results.

But,
I’ve always wondered if a drill can stand up to long periods of high speed use while making a turning. Or is this a good way to “fry” a drill??

What say you DKV….............................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 09-01-2014 06:02 AM

redryder, the drill is fairly new. It replaces a 1973 Craftsman that went TU not long ago. It is a high torque, 7 amp drill that turns variable to 1200 rpm. I’ve played with it a lot and like most turners I’ve watched it gets turned on and off quite a bit. After some heavy use today I put my hand on the body of the drill and sensed no excessive heat. I had the same concerns you do.

Since I do not want to hand duplicate all of the pawns in a chess set I have decided to add a router duplicator to the setup. I will be starting that tomorrow. I will be using my Bosch Colt for that job.

Also, I will not be using the lathe as frequently as a “real” turner does. The only reason I build this one was so I could turn knobs and build the chess set for my grandson. I could not justify buying a lathe just for that reason. What I will probably find out is I really like to turn wood and go ahead and buy a “real” lathe…and then again maybe not. If this one holds together, and I have no reason to think otherwise, then this one will be fine for what I want to do.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#7 posted 09-05-2014 02:57 AM

I’ve been working on my duplicator and have a question to ask of the woodturner guys out there. In the photos I have stacked all the parts and pieces I will use to build the duplicator and now I’m trying to determine the final height that the bit of the router will sit at. I understand that the height is affected by the size of the bit I’ll be using. Should I build the base that holds the router for the bit to sit approximately on the center line of the lathe or slightly above it? I will probably be using 1/4” round nose bits and be ultra cautious with the amount of wood I take off on each pass.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#8 posted 09-05-2014 04:04 AM

I vote for slightly above center about

an 1/8th of an inch.

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#9 posted 09-05-2014 04:16 AM

Thanks woho6o9. I could play with shims to determine optimum and/or change in bit size.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#10 posted 09-05-2014 04:35 AM

You’re welcome DKV.

I think the router goes on a particular side as well.

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#11 posted 09-05-2014 04:57 AM

Dont mind me, just needing 5 posts so i can message someone.

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#12 posted 09-05-2014 05:02 AM

Glad to oblige…

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#13 posted 09-05-2014 11:51 PM

The first picture shows the x direction carriage and the second picture shows the keyboard slide I am going to mount to the carriage for the y direction movement. Hope to have the whole project completed soon so I can start duplicating chess pieces.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#14 posted 09-09-2014 01:07 AM

Almost done. Still have the follower arm for the template to install. I’ve played with it and it works very well. Now, on to the chess set…

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#15 posted 09-09-2014 01:59 AM

Looks like a pretty nice build hope you can get lots of use from it.

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