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#11 Lathe Work

Post by Commander » Sun, 11 Jun 17, 20:08 pm

So when I acquired my woodworking lathe, I could never acquire the skill to turn nose cones precisely repeatedly, so last month I got a duplicator for the tabletop lathe. I put it together and attached it, then took a couple of pracice turns. Not that my skill is any better, but I did notice some issues mainly dealing with the fact the duplicator made the lathe top heavy.

So in true Starport fashion, rather than take the easy way out, I decided to make a new bench just for the lathe. The lathe itself doesn't seem to have any accommodations for securing it to the bench top, so I bought some angle braces and decided to drill some holes into the lathe and the bench. While the bench I was using may have been adequate, I felt I could make something more utile for all the lathe needs. Having watched a lot of Paul Sellers woodworking videos on YouTube, I decided to build my bench based on his "poor man's work bench", which as an aside while being inexpensive (using mostly 2" x 4"s) is actually a very sturdy and adaptable woodworking bench. :arrow: part 1 video

Well I have the laminated bench top almost complete, so by January I figure it will be ready for me. :roll:
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All the shavings seen (and more) are from the benchtop and not from any lathe turning. :cry:
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#12 Re: Lathe Work

Post by Commander » Fri, 14 Jul 17, 16:56 pm

Last weekend I completed a pair of the legs for the lathe bench. The thrill of achievement was short lived as I realized that with the heavy bench top and then the lathe, everything was still top heavy and while I might be able to bolt the lathe to the bench top, I would find the whole thing laying on its side. :(

The solution is an easy one if not for the work, but with the speed I am getting this all accomplished, it will be a while before I am turning anything in numbers.
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#13 Re: Lathe Work

Post by Commander » Fri, 28 Jul 17, 04:41 am

The bench is coming along slowly, but this picture
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will show you what I am now concerned about. the two one by eights will be applied to the sides as aprons, but thenconcern is that I built it too narrow and with the weight of the lathe on top it will be top heavy. Even though it is sturdy, I may have to add some feet to the legs to keep it from tilting.

Right now it is just in test fit stage and not glued and screwed together.
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#14 Re: Lathe Work

Post by Commander » Mon, 07 Aug 17, 05:29 am

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Here are the legs to the bench with the additions on the bottom that cost me five stitches last week. Back to the final assembly, two weeks later.
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#15 Re: Lathe Work

Post by Commander » Thu, 17 Aug 17, 04:33 am

Finally, All over except the turning.
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Well, to tell the truth, the hold down brace on the left side cracked when I was screwing in some reinforcement screws (oh the irony :roll: ) But that will be the work of five minutes tomorrow. Then I might actually turn something. :D

Then again, maybe not, I'm so tired of looking at this thing, I might take a day or two away from it.
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#16 Re: Lathe Work

Post by Joe Wooten » Sun, 20 Aug 17, 19:27 pm

Looks good Bernie!

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#17 Re: Lathe Work

Post by Commander » Sun, 27 Aug 17, 14:49 pm

and already I am beginning to deface it. Off camera, stage left, I have a magnetic strip attached for holding lathe accouterments. Also there is a piece of pegboard with a holder for multiple screwdrivers I am using for my turning tools. Well the magnetic strip is crowded and didn't hold certain items very well. One of those items, a rod with a ball on the end for knocking out spindles and other Morse Taper equipment would roll off. I took my drill, bored an appropriate size hole, and now the item is handy by the head of the lathe. Another item, the chuck key, due to a lack of space on the accouterments holders was just sitting on a nearby bench, waiting to get lost. A 1" spade bit and the problem was solved as the chuck key now also has a home near the head of the lathe were it will be handy when needed.

Two of the lathe tools don't fit in the holder, a large skew and a gouge. I test fitted them in the 1" chuck key hole and they fit pretty well. I haven't drilled the holes yet, I'm not sure if I want the handles sticking up in the work area.
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