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  1. This is my first attempt at a "beads of courage" box. It's also the first time I've turned something using staves. There are no miters as we normally think of them. Rather, the pieces are joined using a birds mouth bit. I think it came out just a little too big but I like how the walnut and ash look together. I left the flats on the inside of the box. Two reasons, first and most important, it was easier that way!! Secondly, I liked the way it looked. It's hard to see how the staves nest together in the finished picture so here's some cutoffs to show that. It's a neat method, they nest together without the slippage of a normal miter joint and provide a little more surface area for gluing.
  2. Just thought it really fun to gawk at, for turning columns, big columns! Pretty cool I think. Here is the sales description: 1946 Pattern makers 20' lathe. (Yes TWENTY Feet!) This beautiful piece of Americana was originally ordered in 1946 built and shipped 5-22-1947 to MGM Pictures. Original 1946 purchase price?...........................$2912.00! 30" of swing over the bed and 92" Outboard. and 16 feet between centers. Head stock can be offset 10 degrees for turning tapered columns. Tool rest is gear driven to traverse the length of the lathe. 2 speed motor w/ 4 speed step pulley drive for 8 speeds 160-2520 Rpm. The original invoice states that this is a 2 speed 3 hp motor. (seams odd to me with the sheer size of the motor) 220 3 phase (motor data plate is under the motor which is 1 " off the floor. I know this thing is a beast, and while I hate to see it happen, if the bed was cut at the mid leg and split into two, this would be a really nice 10 ft lathe with the option bolt the extension back on for occasional longer turning needs.
  3. I bought a table drill press at auction one day while spending some time close to South Fork, Colo It was just the thing I had been looking for so I could mount it up high so my eyes were next to the small drill bits I used for drilling very small holes when I did inside scroll sawing. I wanted to see if having that drill bit up where my eyes stay most of the time I could actually see where the end of the bit would be going in to the wood and not on the lines like I did sometimes causing a little trouble making the holes disappear when finished sawing a pattern out.. Well, as I was leaving I noticed a garage sale sign next door so as I was pulling in I noticed this old lathe laying in do-do of a horse coral. I looked around for a while and couldn't see anything I was interested in and said you got anything else you want to get rid of???? He said yes I do have some stuff I had almost all my life and it just sat there in my way for I bought a new better one. I offered 20 and he said I will help you load it. . I also bought a used dust extractor sitting there under the picknick table that I only use for one of my drum sanders. Sitting in an Rv park for 3 months got a little boring so the next year I Loaded every thing it took to saw out the four jewelry boxes I glued together after getting back home. Amazing what you can do with these old machines.
  4. lew

    Hidden In My Heart 1

    From the album: Manzanita

    manzanita root turned completely with Easy Wood Tools, ebony finial and gloss ploy.
  5. lew

    Hidden In My Heart

    From the album: Manzanita

    manzanita root turned completely with Easy Wood Tools, ebony finial and gloss ploy.
  6. Vacillated on this or the Turning forum and this one won. I had a box with lid on the headstock of my lathe and every time I needed something inside it have to lift the top and probably drop something. So decided a drawer would work better. Used mostly scraps I had in the shop. Box was the easy part with an apron in front and the side toward the tailstock to act as slide guards. Used sliding dovetails for mounting drawer sides to face. Just happened that this piece of ply was a perfect fit for the bottom . Just had to cut it to length. Cut slots in sides for the back to fit and then glue it up. Had some Watco danish oil cherry from an estate to give the ply some color (not in pic) . Watco danish oil natural for the walnut front. Applied two blocks to underside on left and back to make a tighter fit to head stock. Waxed drawer sides and bottom. That little rim around the top makes a good retainer of round objects.
  7. Background: I'm currently been tasked with making several segmented bowls and will need to flatten the made up rings. I have an OLD Shopsmith 10" sanding disk and was "brainstorming" using it on a regular lathe. My 1st thought was to mount it on the tail stock with a MT2 rod with a 5/8" end. The sanding disk has a grub screw to hold it on. I'm expecting the disk to remain stationary while the wood spins. If need be, I could put a flat on the shaft to land the grub screw. Then, the gray matter said to mount it on the motorized end. Maybe through the 4 jaw chuck with a 5/8" round rod. The rod PROBABLY wouldn't need to be tapered then.(?) Has anyone successfully done something similar? And where did you get the MT2 taper "rod"? Was it successful and was it worth the effort? Also the disk would be used to help assemble the rings into the bowl. As an aside---I have access to several horizontal belt sanders. TIA Smitty
  8. Thought I might as well get started making some birdhouse ornaments. I had an idea to use the laser for embellishing on some of them. Took me 4 or 5 attempts to figure out how to use the rotary chuck but right I'm loving it! Body is maple, top and bottom are sycamore.
  9. I usually grip the chuck when backing out of a drilling operation, good thing I guess. (it's less than 2 minutes)
  10. Wood lathe wanted for a surprise gift for a novice who I think would enjoy turning. Tabletop or lathe + table. Good working condition. Chicago suburbs.
  11. OK folks who here has set up a small lathe in their kitchen for turning pens and other trinkets? My plan is to put it into a plastic tote laying on its side as this should allow the shop vac to contain most of the chips and dust. while this sounds crazy and you'll think my wife will kill me it's actually her idea and lathe so she can build things and generate some interest while watching the so called "Store" during our "Artists open house" currently occupying our dining room.
  12. I posted about making drop spindles for a local shop a while back. The first batch was received well so the shop owner ordered more. I've been working on them and it happens the first reading at our church service last Sunday was selected versus from Proverbs 31. It's generally accepted that king Solomon wrote proverbs and in chapter 31 he is extolling the virtues of a good woman or wife. Two of the versus were verse 13 and verse 19. I knew as soon as I read them I had to use them with this batch of spindles. I'm really happy with the laser engraving on this. You may notice a little notch on the right side of the whorl, that's on purpose and traps the wool when spinning.
  13. Picked this up from social media- https://www.familyhandyman.com/article/grizzly-recalls-more-than-21000-wood-lathes/
  14. Lady at the honey farm just ordered 25 dipper lids, said the last two festivals have wiped her out on them. I've posted pictures of the finished dippers many times but I thought I would do a quick video or two making the lids. I did do video on you tube on making one of these but amazingly that video is 7 years old and my process has changed dramatically. The lids are twice turned so I did a video for each step. The videos aren't real long which is a good thing. dipper1 2023.mp4 dipper2 2023.mp4
  15. I posted a couple weeks ago about a shop contacting me to make drop spindles which are used in spinning wool. There are two basic components, the "whorl" which is pretty easy and quick to do. The shaft, which is a little problematic. The shaft needs to be about 12" long and around 5/16" diameter. Kind of difficult and tedious to turn and with a small margin I need to turn them as quickly as possible. Looking for options I bought a dowel jig that uses a drill motor to create a dowel. It works but I got more tearout than I liked, especially on woods like oak or ash. I then did some searching and watched some videos about using a table saw to make dowels. You read that right, you can make a dowel or spindle using your table saw. It works, and it works pretty darn good. Pretty nice finish which will require just a little sanding and it's pretty consistent as far as diameter Produce_5.mp4
  16. Turned a set of Walnut bowls yesterday. Finished them with Tung Oil.
  17. RustyFN


    My wife wanted a pumpkin to hold large mason jar style candles. I turned this for her out of a piece of walnut. She was going to paint it but said she likes it better without paint.
  18. Just finished these, 25 in all. I did get my drawings converted to lightburn so I could do some engraving on them. Lightburn is a great program and made the conversions very easy.
  19. A lady who owns a local spinning shop contacted me and asked about making her some drop spindles to sell in her shop. Now, I've heard of drop spindles and I've even seen pictures of some others have turned but I never really knew what they are for or do. I visited her shop and I was stunned. I had no idea spinning wool is still a thing. VERY nice shop with knitted and woven items every where. She sells equipment, wool, and teaches the craft. It was really an interesting visit. She didn't have any drop spindles like she wanted made and she was sold out and her current mail order supplier wasn't responding or filling orders. She described what she wanted and said she's wanted someone local for a while and one of her customers gave her my name. Don't know what will come of this but here are four of the first ones I've made for her. They are about 11" long and the "whorl"(new word for me) is about 2 1/2" diameter. According to the shop owner drop spindles predate spinning wheels by a few centuries and basically evolved from sticks. The underside is hollowed to provide stability and shift the mass to the rim so they spin longer. The Easy finisher is the bomb for that. Basically no sanding here.
  20. "Back From The Archives" I recently ran into some financial trouble and had to sell a couple of my machines to make a few house payments. One of them to go was my beautiful Heavy 10 South Bend lathe. It took me about a week to start having lathe withdrawals so I posted a WTB ad on the local classifieds and got several calls. I ended up getting a little Atlas 618 6" by 18" metal lathe for a hundred bucks. The lathe is in great original condition and came with a 3 jaw chuck, lantern style tool post holder, and a very nice tool post grinder that is probably worth several times what I paid for the lathe. (crappy cell phone pic) It didn't come with a stand so I took one of my Delta stands out of the rathole and used that. I added some drawers and mounted the lathe to it this weekend. The center section with the drawers slides out of the stand so I can still access the nuts and bolts used to mount the lathe and motor. The light is a 2 dollar light I got from the local thrift shop. It will work for now until I can find a nice vintage one. The drawer pulls I made out of 1/2" bolts. I cut them down so they were about a 1/2 long, faced the back side with the lathe and drilled and tapped them for a No. 10 screw. The wood is all reclaimed wood from some shelves that I took down in my shop a few years ago. I still need to add a switch and I have a quick change tool post ordered for it. Looking for a steady rest and follow rest for it if anyone has one they want to get rid of. They come up on Ebay but they are pricey.The Atlas is pretty much the same machine as the Craftsman 101 and takes the same accessories. I was worried about the lathe feeling like a little toy compared to my South Bend but overall I am very happy with the lathe. It should work fine for what I need it for. Thanks for looking, Shane
  21. Posted these on my facebook page a couple days ago but almost didn't post them here as every one has seen them in one form or another before. Decorative mason jar lids for a local bee farm gift shop. 25 honey dipper lids and 25 herb jar lids and she ordered 25 more of a different size when I delivered these.
  22. African Padauk finished with several layers of shellac. ~Nevin
  23. Our daughter has some auto immune issues and when she's having a flare up she needs a cane. Couldn't find one with a handle she liked so she asked to make her one. This is one of those turnings that isn't real flashy and doesn't look like much but it is one of the most difficult things we do as a wood turner IMO. That long taper is tough to do, at least for me. The wood portion is about 33" over all, 1" at the top and 3/4" at the tip. Our son did the resin cast for the knob. The shaft is white oak and looks good at a glance, hands will find some low spots though.
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