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Old 08-26-2017, 08:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Another way to cut facets would be to use a rose lathe engine. The possibilities are limitless. Understanding its method is necessary to get it. I can see doing that with the right cutter.

I began looking at the rose engine concept several years ago and just recently got interested in the idea of making one. It can be made or bought in parts. A few individuals offered custom made ones about 8 - 10 years ago.

Do a google search of "rose engine" and watch a youtube. Most of the pictures and youtube are of rounded designs but I think it would be adaptable to facet turning. While a somewhat mildly expensive investment and time consuming investment, it will offer possibilities not available otherwise. Last week I was at a wood artist shop and the subject came up. The proprietor threw out the word "rose engine" to me to see what my understanding level was (my opinion from the context of the conversation). Upon answering him, he showed me some rose engine works that were very high priced and kept away from touching hands.
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Another way to cut facets would be to use a rose lathe engine. The possibilities are limitless. Understanding its method is necessary to get it. I can see doing that with the right cutter.

I began looking at the rose engine concept several years ago and just recently got interested in the idea of making one. It can be made or bought in parts. A few individuals offered custom made ones about 8 - 10 years ago.

Do a google search of "rose engine" and watch a youtube. Most of the pictures and youtube are of rounded designs but I think it would be adaptable to facet turning. While a somewhat mildly expensive investment and time consuming investment, it will offer possibilities not available otherwise. Last week I was at a wood artist shop and the subject came up. The proprietor threw out the word "rose engine" to me to see what my understanding level was (my opinion from the context of the conversation). Upon answering him, he showed me some rose engine works that were very high priced and kept away from touching hands.
There has been a lot of simplifying the rose engine in the last few years. Making one now is within in the reach of most people. Jack Chick has or had a good, but simple version on the Internet.

If you use a 5/8" steel rod for the spindle shaft, Shopsmith adapters will allow the use of most standard lathe accessories. My current project is trying to figure out how to use Wendell Mathias, aka Woodgears version of homemade wood lathe for basis. One of his followers lathe is at this link https://woodgears.ca/reader/richard/lathe.html It is almost the perfect basis for a rose engine lathe. Change the headstock for the rosettes, set the ways on a "rocker" and it is ready for a XY Table and cutter setup.
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