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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:17 am

Well I am doing a research project in english so I decided to research woodturning bowls

so I'll show you guys a little bit.
The Video that helped me>br><a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c325/redensekjf/03-17-07_1908.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a><br>
This tiny piece of equipment cost over $300!<br>
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Me in Lowes parking lot cutting a piece of wood.<br>
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Heres me using my new lathe to cut the wood into the basic shape of my bowl.
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Heres the bowl itself, I haven't finished it yet and still needs to be hollowed out. <br><a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c325/redensekjf/03-17-07_2123.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a><br>
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Unread postAuthor: us sniper » Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:23 am

Nice machine, how much did it cost over all. Did that little peice cost 300 or the whole lathe? Plus, I the bowl not finished or is there a lid on the bowl. Ican't tell with the photo.
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Unread postAuthor: willarddaniels » Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:30 am

Sweet! Turning chips is so relaxing... especially without bandages on your hand(s).
I think it is hilarious that you cut the wood in the parking lot... was it too long for the car?
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:15 am

willarddaniels wrote:Sweet! Turning chips is so relaxing... especially without bandages on your hand(s).
I think it is hilarious that you cut the wood in the parking lot... was it too long for the car?
I had to buy 10ft of the stuff and the store saw was broken. and in the pic you can see my hand is doing better, which means no more gauze. My hand is useless though I cant work with rigth hand because the burns are sensitive to touch.
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You can see a glimpse at my hybrid in the background of one of the pics.

edit:just the wood chuck cost 300. It cost more than the damn lathe!

edit(again): the bowl is currently unfinished I still have to hollow it out.
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Unread postAuthor: us sniper » Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:41 am

Is your lathe just for wood, or can it handle metal to?
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:50 am

My lathe can handle everything up to diamond.






haha jk/
its just for wood
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Unread postAuthor: willarddaniels » Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:51 am

It is a wood lathe. However, you could always chuck a metal rod in it and rig a tool holder with carbide and some coolant so that you don't damage anything and groove some o-ring slots on a piston... but then it would be a ghetto metal lathe and he would have / should have just gotten a small metal lathe and saved himself the time and expense of having the tooling machined for him... But, hey! It a lathe and they are fun!
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:55 am

I wonder if I can use it to make O-ring grooves for a piston?
I don't need extreme precision that it.
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Unread postAuthor: willarddaniels » Sun Mar 18, 2007 2:04 am

You sure could... use PVC rod or layered acrylic slabs (corian samples) even sealed wood or some teak.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sun Mar 18, 2007 6:19 am

I can see the back of your hybird behind you on the bench, just over your left shoulder. Yes Jet lathe's are nice, and i think you could have found that chuck on Ebay for way less even though new is nicer. I've been searching for the rite deal on a good metal lathe myself, for my useage i will need a much bigger one, no less then 10" over the bed swing. Looks like your lathe has about 5" over the bed swing. The bowl looks nice so far, wood is a bit tougher to make look good, odd grain/knots/tool controll. I feel your pain on the burn thing. When i was 13 i poped the top off a radiator and got 2nd and 3rd degree burns all over my right side and back, the good news is the cap missed me! Maby you can get some Aluminum round stock and build piston's, not the entire valve like everybody else is trying to do, just build the piston's, let any "customer" build the rest on thier own. Just a idea.

P. S. -- Don't build pistons out of wood! I did and it's breaking up with each shot and soon i will have to rebuild. G, i wonder where i could get a good alloy type of piston???
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Unread postAuthor: Matheusilla » Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:04 pm

Your lathe is strictly for wood. Personally I wouldn't even attempt to turn any metal on it just because it would be difficult to get any sort of precision without a tool carriage to hold the cutter. Cutting wood and plastic is no problem though. The thing with cutting metal, even aluminum is that you need a lot of holding force to keep the cutter from going where it wants to. If you wanted to try turning metal you could either find or make your own tools, with longer handles (make them like three feet long if you want) that way you can apply more control at the cutting end. Also, you don't need carbide to cut metal. High speed steel tooling works just as well. Carbide is used for high production rates and to take huge cuts on more powerful machines. If you cut steel with a high speed tool make sure that the chips coming off aren't turning color from the heat as this would indicate that you are "burning" your cutter.

If anyone has any technical questions to ask about machining metal, anything, just ask, it's what I'm going to school for.

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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:32 pm

Thanks for that matheusilla and jjrdw. I hope to one day make pistons
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Unread postAuthor: drac » Sun Mar 18, 2007 6:28 pm

Hey, that's pretty freakin cool!

I've always fiddle with the idea of making some small bowls on my lathe, but my tools are crap,
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Unread postAuthor: Specialist » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:57 pm

yes i realize this comment is off topic. did you burn your hand? burns are horrible.
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:57 am

Haha Awhile back I did burn my hand, it was way after these pics were taken.
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