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Blog entry by woodshopmike posted 07-29-2015 02:34 PM 1398 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of y’all may remember the post a few years ago about the wood lathe I built. I’ve been meaning to write about the “how & why” of this project for some time and I finally got around to it!

I talk about the motivation to build my own lathe, the expenses, design process, & of course building the lathe in addition to other things. Per the norm, the post can be found on my blog.

I hope you enjoy the read!

-- www.woodshopmike.com, www.woodshopmikestudio.etsy.com



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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 07-29-2015 04:41 PM

That thing must be REALLY stable, with 100 lb legs!. I’m not a regular turner, so my question my be a bit silly, but does the nearness of the centers restrict your turning with long-handed turning tools? It looks like you’d be constrained when turning the inside of bowls and platters.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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woodshopmike

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#2 posted 07-29-2015 04:47 PM

Hi Don,

It will shake rattle and roll if I get the speed past say 700 will roughing out an out of round piece, other wise it’s a rock!

So, the bed is 24” long, I can get a touch more than 18” between centers if I’m not using my Oneway live center and if I hang the tailstock off the bed a couple inches (not something I do on big heavy pieces). When turning the inside of a bowl or hollowing a hollow form, the tailstock is off the lathe completely. Which means I have to lift that rascal on and off the lathe :(

-- www.woodshopmike.com, www.woodshopmikestudio.etsy.com

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 07-29-2015 06:00 PM

That’s true about the tailstock being removed so you have access to the insides of your turning—forgot about that. Thanks for the feedback.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 07-29-2015 06:43 PM

Wow. I just have to keep reminding myself of the 10th Commandment…

”Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s lathe”

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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