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  1. Maybe it is time to make your own. A lot cheaper than buying one and grinder and drill is all you need. Shop Built Texturing/Spiraling Tool
  2. Website of shop made jigs, machines and devices.
  3. Video from Capt. Eddie that includes shop turned glue blocks. Shows important points for well made glue blocks.
  4. My first one was really clumsy. it was mostly wood and nothing I did would hold up well. I used 3/8-16 threads and huge knobs and still I couldn't get a solid positional clamp; it kept flopping. Anyway this one is all aluminum and steel. I made it tool-less. There are knurled knobs for everything. I had an extrusion I mounted to the back of the lathe and hung it all from that. The threads in the aluminum are all helicoils.
  5. some gozillion years ago I was given a twin state Sgt Welsh rotary vein vacuum pump that fell of a truck. No really it fell off the truck & got damaged ( just the belt shroud) but there was an insurance claim and this one was unclaimed so the shipper gave it to me. And a decade or so later I'm finally trying to put it to use. I got a small air tank and welded bungs to it so I can run 1" piping to it. It is the vacuum reservoir in case of power failure. Then mounted it and the pump together around a corner on the other side of a wall and ran 1" copper to the lathe with a parker needle valve and a vacuum gauge and LOOKY MA I can hold a great vacuum and even lower the hold to what ever HG I want with the needle valve . AND When I shut it off it holds the vacuum for a good long time. The reason for the large piping is over a long run ya gotta have a big pipe a small one just doesn't work well
  6. I have never posted into this Wood Turners area, so I guess this is a first. A friend asked me to cut him a 16" Longworth chuck so today I tested my drawing that I did in Fusion 360 by cutting a 12" chuck. Looks like it came out just fine so I thought I would offer them in our Etsy shop. You can click on the link in my signature and see the offering but I didn't want to post a link like I was pushing it, just thought you lathe guys might want to see this - I used to turn a fair amount and still have my Oliver 8' bed lathe but it's not being used 'cause it's 3 phase and I don't have time to do any turning anyway. So if y'all see something in the Etsy listing that doesn't look right or that I have worded incorrectly I would appreciate a heads up. Thanks! David
  7. I had great hopes of getting to the basement shop today. We awoke to this- Perfect turning weather! But, as the saying goes- Best laid plans... Ended up shoveling ice and sleet, from neighborhood driveways, for several hours, balancing my Mom's checkbook and getting her taxes done. Anyway, lots happening with our turner since last week. @DAB posted a sweet looking pine bowl he turned. Pine isn't easy to get a nice finish but Doug nailed it perfectly. Read the comments on his work, here- @Gene Howe gave us a link to a site that sells some neat sanding devices for turners (and all woodworkers)- Check the website for more- @Steve Krumanaker won a contest from Robust turning. Congrats, Steve,! @Steve Krumanaker also posted a piece turned by a member of the turner's club to which he belongs. Talk about creativity! Here's a little more on the piece- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools is looking for help in the Chicago area. This would be an excellent opportunity to show off your skills with the fantastic Easy Wood Tools product line. @Cliff posted a picture of using a router bit for a turning tool. Check it out, here- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available. As always there is a lot of great information. One thing that caught my attention was an article discussing Carving and Turning by Richard Wright. The article is a PDF document with many examples/pictures. http://www.capecodturners.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Carving-and-Turning.pdf Tim Yoder has a video up where he turns a Votive Candle Holder. Pay particular attention to the Easy Wood Chuck! If you ever get a chance to test drive this chuck, you will fall in love with it! Over the weekend I made an inertia sander. I bought the sleeve and bearing from Capt. Eddie. If you decide to make your own, be sure to drill the hole for the sleeve/bearing close enough to the handle end so the sanding disc doesn't rub against the end of the handle- don't ask how I know this. From icey southern PA Safe turning
  8. I bought an Easy Hollower by Easy Wood Tools some months ago. I bought it without the handle with the idea of making something special for it. I figured I should make the tool removable since there are other hollowing tools available for future purchase possibilities. I had a piece of 1.5" diameter steel rod out in the metal shop so I cut a 4" piece off and took it to the metal lathe and drilled a .5" hole 3" deep for the tool tang. I stuck the end with the hole in the chuck and turned 3" of the shaft down to .875" (7/8) diameter to be inserted into the wood handle. I also drilled and tapped a hole for a .25" set screw. Here is the tool with the insert attached. Time for the handle. Took an 2"X2"X22" piece of Purple Heart and chucked it into the lathe. I drilled a .875" hole in the end for the insert and turned the end to fit a brass bushing on it for support and installed it. Turned the rest of the handle for a total handle length of 18" and with the tool mounted the overall length is 27.5". Next up is a project putting it to use. That will be soon and in another thread.
  9. I've seen some of those turning tool chip shields that deflect turnings. It looks like it could work. I had an old LED light on a a flex neck that had failed. It has a great magnetic base, so I kept it. After thinking about it, I mounted a clear plastic piece on it and using, a couple of paper clamps and I like it a lot. The magnet base clamps firmly on the lathe bed and is moveable to any position. It is so flexible that it can adapt to any angle and if it is the way, I just take it off. It works grerat with my other Rube vac shield
  10. They are not done yet, but I went to Good Will and hand picked each one from a box that around 50 in it.. Tested for flexability and chose these. At 10 cents each, I'd say a real bargain
  11. I researched the chatter tool and its use. I found this video and I'm going to make one. Thought you like to see it in action. Remember it only works on end grain.
  12. I made 2 parting tools from an old Harbor Freight saw blade. I used both on a trial piece. Seemed to work great. I made them extra wide so that bending would not be an issue. It wasn't and I may trim them some. Being wide like that causes the tool rest to be extra low and will require some practice. I wish now that I had used a quality blade. I think that the carbide they used wasn't of the best quality. I'll find out on my next project.
  13. Ron Altier


    Clockman asked if I used an indexer when I drilled holes in a circular pattern. I didn't know what one was and looked it up. My Jet mini does not have one. Someone posted a site where I can buy one as an add on. I got an idea on how to make my own. The pictures show what I came up with. I drew 24 lines on a wooden disk with all the precision these ole eyes could muster. I drilled the center same size as the chuck shaft and notched each line with my small bandsaw. I have always had a home made storage area on the top of the lathe and used it to clamp down the pin holder. I used a ball point pen spring and shaft. Metal shafts are very hard to find. I pulled the ball out of the shaft and flattened it so it would fit snuggly in the slot. When in place it holds very well and I use the tool rest to mark the piece. Then lift it out of the slot and go to the next one. The clamps hold it firmly in place and allow quick removal. I am anxious to start a project.
  14. This is my latest attempt at an off-center turning to produce an oval shaped tool handle. This was done out of ash. Be kind, I am still learning, as can plainly be seen.
  15. Last year I built a center steady using ply and roller skate wheels...........worked great. However it would allow me to work on small turnings. Today I fashioned some new shower rollers into a new set of wheels for the old base. It seemed to work on a small piece of pine, however the wheels are so hard that they make a groove. I know most of the reason is the soft pine. Anyone else have any ideas of an alternate and better wheel. Thanks
  16. Mr. David Reed Smith has posted a nice how-to-do on making a lathe powered disc sander. As with all of his articles, it is well thought out and easily built. Read it at- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/DiscSander/DiscSander.html
  17. Popular Woodworking published part 3 of the heavy duty bench clamping jig series. Read part 3 here- http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/editors-blog/bench-bull-the-jack-of-all-bench-jigs-part-3?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pww-jru-nl-160106&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=pww-jru-nl-160110&utm_content=811689_PWE160110&utm_medium=email
  18. Have you ever been working on, or polishing a piece that is supported only by the chuck and bumped it off center. I have and have been able to use the tail stock attachments to get it back to center. Provided that they will fit. However, my attachments are small, I have a mini lathe. When the piece of work is too large to fit the attachments, such as a hole in a in a piece, my attachments will fit in the hole. I made a couple of wooden Oak pieces similar to the metal ones to solve that problem. The one time I tried it out, it worked. I have NO intention using them for anything else. You can see the metal ones that go in the tail stock with bearings and the larger ones I made. Any thoughts?
  19. Wednesday's Wisdom For Woodturners for January 21 generated a couple of comments about how well it worked. I made this short little video of the operation. The wood is hard maple. http://youtu.be/sZBaXfUpnwQ The tool works pretty good although there is a lot of friction/heat generated.
  20. I got a honkin huge 1.250" thick by 18.68" diameter jig plate disc from SandSmachine: Cost $78.00 A cheap Penn State Industries steel faceplate for my PM lathe. Everything else for the build I have on hand.   The jig plate is 36 pounds  nothing I can do is going to flex it.   It's just under my lathe max spin diameter of 22"   I tapped and drilled the jig plate for 1/4-20 helicoils with the detents in 10 places  Two of them were just to use for dogs to clamp the faceplate in place while I centered it and transferred the holes from the face plate to the jigplate.   Sadly and with much whimpering and whining I had to face the fact that my Drill Press didn't have the reach to get the job done so I used hand drills.   The Penn state faceplate was annoying because they made it so that the arbor of my lathe just poked through it by ohhh maybe 0.060" So I had to fabricate a 1.250" diameter  spot face in the center of the jig plate to clear that. I used a  milwaukee metal cutting coring bit and a little spotfacing tool to chew the material out of the plate.   IT worked but was a PITA that I'd not have need to endure had Penn State just done it right  Well, I did say it was  a cheap faceplate, so there you go.   Anyway after I mounted it there was a misalignment of about 0.040" TIR and I had to turn the jig plate on the lathe.  I used a Doug Thompson Bottoming gouge and the metal cut like Buttah. I  used a little C clamp  on the  gouge to set the depth of cut so I wasn't just following the  circumference of the jib plate disc.  So it was an interrupted cut. I lubed it with paste wax. Worked great. It is perfectly balanced.  Face of the jug plate is flat within 0.005" TIR.  I could shim but I'll leave it.   Here's Pix         Now I gotta  get some Elmer's repositionable spray adhesive and a cheap widebelt from Supergrit to cut my discs from And of course build a little plywood box to be the table. I'll prolly apply some Formica I have around to the ply for durability
  21. I made a center steady for my lathe some time ago. At first I used model airplane aluminum wheels with rubber tires. I did use them once and the second time the tries came off. My second wheels were made for sliding glass doors and was suggested by a fellow turner on this forum. Still not satisfied, I kept my eyes open for a good replacement. Then at a yard sale I saw the ones pictured for free. They are off a child's pair of inline skates and as an added bonus, they are WHITE!! They are great and work like a charm. I would like some just like them but smaller. I'm sure someday I may just find them at a garage sale
  22. Had some leftovers from a Loft bed. Some 3 x 3s in steel. Cut two down to 36" or so. Made four almost equeal legs. had a pair of brace bars. Used some self-driller screws to attach them to the front and back pairs of legs. Had some ( cover yer ears, Mabel) OSB from the old waterbed. After cutting out a chunk for a dryer vent project, was left a chunk about the right size for a top. Had a few narrow strips, as well. Used the strips to attach the fron and back pairs together. Self-drillers were too short, so some 1-1/2" fine thread drywall screws were used. Drill a pilot hole in the wooden parts, clamp the part to the metal leg. Give the screw a ride at high speed until it starts to enter the metal. Work all but three times. Legs got splayed out about 5 degrees. Along the bottom, added some 1x4 solid wood to the front and back pairs of legs. Between the brace bars, I added a few 1x3 pine boards. Needed something to attach the top to. with the top in place. Added a 1x4 along the edge under the top, and trimmed the top to it. Laid the cutoff from the top on the bottom stretchers, for now. May get a "proper" shelf later. Added the old Craftsman latheYep, the motor does hang out the end, because i needed the full length of the top for the "T" rail. Went all the way to the endNeeded to add an overhead light. Looked up into the ceiling joists, and found an un-used light socket. Went upthe stairs, and found a "spare" bulb. All that is left, is to run some electric over to the bench. Total out of pocket cash? $0.00, of course. Not "cheap", just "Frugal"
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