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  1. So this morning I went hunting around for my variable speed control. Which I had previously used for my blower fan that connected to my twier and into my coal fire forge. Worked quite nicely for that and moved a ton of air. Either way I had repurposed it. I wanted to test something out to see if I could get a slower speed than 600 RPM on the Harbor Freight wood lathe. So I hooked the variable speed into the lathe this morning to test that theory. I don't have a tacometer to verify it. How ever it seems to have worked. It does make a couple of clicks but I can only assume that the click
  2. I just picker up a 12 foot Tenon lathe. It looks like a killer. It had a 7.5 HP 3 phase motor running at 1156 RPM direct drive. I would not want to be at the tail end of this machine. I really only wanted it for the tenor bit. It has the larges tenor bit that I have ever seen on it. 39.41 Lbs. After I striped the lathe down I was wondering what I was going to do with the metal frame. I thought it would make a huge wood lathe. So the hunt was on for parts. I'm lucky to have a local surplus parts store not far from me. I found a couple large lathe chucks and a face plate. Then I found a 2-3/8" t
  3. Here are some pictures of my deep hollowing set up. I have about 22" reach with it. It's built around an inch and one quarter diameter bar. The bar is 4140 prehard steel. That should be stiff enough to reach out about 20" or so. I have about 22" of reach from the cutting tip to the torque arrestor that is welded to the round bar. There is a threaded stud in the front corner for attaching the laser pointer post. This picture shows the threaded stud a little better. The trap that holds the boring bar is
  4. Can you turn soft metal on a wood lathe with carbide cutting tools? I'm thinking soft aluminum. I've turned some very hard woods that seemed harder. Is it foolhardy?
  5. Been dealing with some family issues and haven't been in the shop very much. I did finish a couple pieces yesterday and today. Both are maple and both are right at 12" diameter. I think these two pieces really illustrate just how versatile is maple. First is a shallow bowl or deep platter, would probably work either way. Next is a platter, my attempt at a "traditional Irish platter" from the Glenn Lucas DVD and this is also one of the things a person will turn during his class. This is wormy, spalted, maple. Actually, in the interest of full disclosure an
  6. Someone in one my FB groups posted a picture of a "skeleton" clock. I didn't know what that was until after I did some research. I guess all it means is that a person can see the gears. The one I saw was on a pedestal and it was very nice looking. I need a demo for June and had a little different vision for one. When I do a demo I will make several of an item to make I have it down. So far I've made four of these, no pictures of the first one. It was just to figure out dimensions and diameters. Let me know what you honestly think please. This is the second I did, it is very simple and ver
  7. I've been wanting to add some color to some of my turnings and posted a little about that earlier. At the time I was working on another decorative platter and have just put the sealer coat on it. Probably should've waited and taken better pictures but I wanted to share and got impatient. The platter is soft maple, turned to about 1/8" thick and about 12" diameter. My original thought for the center motif was to use water color paint. After several practice pieces I just wasn't getting the "pop" I was after and decided to use aniline dye. It is definitely a more robust c
  8. Although it's only been about five weeks, moisture meter said it was ready to finish so I did. It was in a heated space and I think that made a big difference as far as drying time. Main thing is, it did not crack or split. A LOT of sanding on this one, have to work on getting cleaner cuts on these for sure. Anyway, I'm very happy with how it turned out. It was just over 19" when I took it off the lathe and it's just 18" diameter now. A pretty consistent 1/2" thick top to bottom. It's almost too big for my little photo booth.
  9. I am far from organized as a new turner, but I do feel the need already, that's a good sign right?
  10. This is the first finished(almost) bowl from the walnut I harvested a couple months ago. Turned natural edge, it's about 11X14" and about 4" deep. Pretty happy with it except for a couple tool marks I just didn't get sanded out. I'll gift this one to my Sis for Christmas as it's from the tree that was in her yard. It's about 3/8" thick throughout and will get a few more coats of antique oil. I just have to say, I really like the picture posting procedure on this forum. Steve
  11. I was watching some youtube video and stumbled onto a Stuart Batty demo. He mentions a video library that has some good content and I checked it out. I haven't watched nearly all of the videos but the ones I have watched are very well done and hidef. Here's the link if anyone interested. Steve
  12. Hello everyone. I have started a campaign in order to earn enough money to purchase my own wood lathe. My membership where I currently turn is about to expire and I am not sure if I will be able to afford another membership. So please consider purchasing one or two of these shirts and by all means, please tell all of your friends. http://teespring.com/rodney-s-wood-lathe-campaign
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