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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 02-24-2015 02:28 AM 968 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2015 02:28 AM

My son sent me a food stuffer that came with his food grinder. The one that came with it is plastic and he has already broken one by pushing it too far into the grinder. He asked if I could make him one out of hardwood.

There is one huge problem. I don’t have a wood lathe. Some place in the past i have seen a video or an article in one of my magazines with directions on how this can be done on a table saw or band saw. I can’t find anything like what I remember seeing.

The one he sent me is 1 3/4” measuring across the end. The main part is About 4 1/2” long with a handle above that. It will have to be made from hard maple 8/4 stock which I think I have around my shop.

Any ideas appreciated. Thanks


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#1 posted 02-24-2015 03:06 AM

Very dangerous, do not try it. Go to your local high school wood shop.

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#2 posted 02-24-2015 03:38 AM

The master of all that is insane; Izzy Swan

There are also various video’s shown using a drill or drill press and some clamps as a lathe. To be honest, does it have to be round or can you cut it to shape with a spokeshave?
While not round, not square either.

You have a lot of options.

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#3 posted 02-24-2015 04:00 AM

If you can’t find a lathe to use, I wouldn’t try using a table saw. If anything, you can buy 1.75” diameter maple dowels at woodcraft for under $20 (and probably other places, maybe even cheaper), and then you just need to figure out a way to form the handle. Although, they come in 3 foot lengths which is a bit more than you need..


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#4 posted 02-24-2015 10:00 PM

sepeck I enjoyed watching the video links. Yes, Insane. I know there are lots of guys who have done this or similar things. Fun to watch but I am not ready to try.

I like your comment Brad. I didn’t know that Woodcraft sold dowels that large. I was just in there yesterday too.

To those pointing out how dangerous this could be I have to agree. I have to agree that many have tried it with probably varying degrees of success.

The thought crossed my mind that I could use this as an excuse to buy a wood lathe. lol
I’ll have to see if there is anything on Craigs list.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#5 posted 02-24-2015 11:04 PM

Go to the local sporting goods store and buy the cheapest wooden bat you can find. Use calipers to find where the taper of the barrel reaches the 1 3/4” point and cut it off. Done deal. Send it off to your son. He would probably like to own a genuine “Louisville Stuffer”.

Seriously, I watched those videos and have to agree that you shouldn’t try those techniques. There are many other dowel making jigs described on the Internet, but I think that what you want really requires a lathe. Even with an appropriate dowel in hand, you would still want to shape some sort of taper and handle.

Buy the lathe. You KNOW you want it!

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#6 posted 02-25-2015 02:55 PM

Kazooman, That’s a great idea. I had not thought of a bat. “Louisville Stuffer” I like that.

Now for the lathe. I know I do want it. Now I need to convince my wife that I NEED it. I don’t dare tell her about the bat idea. I can hear it now. “Well Charlie, you are running with the bat idea I guess you really don’t need a lather”.

BTW I did search Craig’s list in two areas near me and neither one had a single lathe listed.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#7 posted 02-25-2015 03:03 PM

HD and Lowes sell turned legs as replacements for small tables. You could cut one of those down to the size and length needed and sand the ends.

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