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Old 08-09-2015, 03:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Old 08-09-2015, 05:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Is it also bad that I clean my lathe and work table regularly and sweep the wood shavings into gallon ziplock storage baggies?

I dunno if it's a good idea or not, but I do have a smoker .... and I get my own Northern Texas Mesquite wood from the field.... Been thinking about cutting it with some maple, bethlehem olivewood, or hickory sometime and running it through my smoker. :)


The stuff all over the floor is what misses the table or is mixed in with something else or has superglue stuck to it. Good thing my feet are pretty tough, though I occasionally get a splinter. You won't find me making any videos .... I usually turn sans pants, lol! No pants, no socks, no sandals.

And down here in southern OK, it's sometimes 100 degrees in my house WITH THE AC ON.


I still need to get around to building my photo studio, and finding a decent quality camera to work with. For now, here's some old pics of my first few pens...



top: My very first pen. Satin Slimline in American Walnut
middle: My fourth pen. Satin Designer in Cocobolo
bottom: My seventh pen. Gunmetal Trimline in Massaccar Ebony (bright light really makes it pop!)


This one's still on the lathe .... that's real turquoise stone inlay! I don't have a pic of the finished pen, because I gave it to my sister right after I finished it. My eighth pen... 24kt Gold Comfort with Gold Cross clip in Cocobolo with Turquoise Inlay.


My ninth pen. Satin Comfort in Purpleheart with Sodalite stone inlay (I picked a nice purple looking rock).
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:42 AM   #13 (permalink)
 
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Quick shot of my first lathe ....



Yes ... those are zip ties on the tailstock being tensioned by corn dog sticks. :)

Solid oak construction, the centers are reasonably close enough for government work, but the tailstock end is a dead center so I gotta keep the speed down. Haven't turned any pens on it yet, need to figure a mandrel setup for it, but I'm all for doin it for that newbie pen turning competition thingamaflutter....


Far left, you can see my 2 step pulleys. I have a vacumn cleaner motor that I was going to mount to the rear and run 3 stepped pulleys there for multiple speed controls, but my headstock turned out to be just a bit too short.

Bearings being used are stainless steel slip bearings. They have a light coat of Pro-Long on them for abrasion resistance, and the spindle is a T6 steel bolt, threaded at both ends.

The pulleys are pressed together by "nuts" that I improvised out of screw-in furniture attachments with internal threads, and fender washers. More fender washers on either side of the headstock prevent those improvised nuts from eating into the wood while it spins.

The spur you see is improvised from a metal standoff (low grade stainless steel, I believe) from a set of buffing wheels. (In fact, those same buffing wheels that are supposed to be mounted on it are instead mounted on my disc sander...)

Wood screws pull the body of the headstock and tailstock together, while carriage bolts secure the lathe to the base board. The tool rest was never completed, but it's means of attachment will be similar to the tailstock, and clamped to the baseboard in position with a c-clamp to the worktable surface from underneath the baseboard.

The dead center in the tailstock was drilled at the same time as the headstock while they were clamped together, to get as close to dead-on center as I could. The nut was then countersunk (drilled and epoxied in) from the back side, and a piece of allthread with the end ground to a point was put through the hole in the tailstock to form the dead center point. A nut was added to the front in order for me to be able to lock the tailstock in position as well as prevent the nut in the back from being pressed out with pressure applied against the center while I'm working. A small handle was turned from available hardwood (random large dowel ... probably ash or poplar).

So ... there you have it. Nobody has an excuse for not having a semi-functional lathe. If someone really wants to, they can make one very similar to mine, and even incorporate some other design changes and improvements, like turning it into a treadle (foot powered) lathe, or adding a speed control motor with a dial to control the lathe speed, or possibly putting a thrust bearing into that tailstock and making it a live center...

If it weren't for my taxes coming in a little earlier than I expected and being a little more than I expected, I'ld not have had the money to go out and get my Harbor Freight Mini Wood Lathe this past April, and I'ld probably have finished this thing and put it to real use. So, for now, it's still a project in progress for a rainy day.


(I have used it on a few occasions to turn small things, like the handle for the tailstock screw ... I just chucked the spindle in my cordless drill and zip-tied the trigger on for a few minutes...)




So, there you have it .... proof that this guy here has more than a few screws loose. :)
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Hello my name is William and I am addicted to turning wood into pens and bowls and .............................!
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:26 AM   #15 (permalink)
 
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STOP!

THIS IS NOT AN ADDICTION... IT IS THERAPY FOR ANOTHER ADDICTION:

Gambling... Thirty bucks in a blank, it better hold together!

Sex.. Straw was bad enough, but wood chips, she drew the line!

Internet .. This site does not help. What kind of wood was that?

Shopping.. Never mind.

Video Game.. HA. thumbs are busy holding that darn skew or what ever it is called.

Plastic Surgery.. use a push stick and keep the long sleeves away from the headstock.

Food.. if I can just find the cashews in the wood chips.. the dentist is going to kill me.

Risky Behavior.. never mind
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:35 PM   #16 (permalink)
 
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Straw ...... straw???



oh, wait ... rolling in the hay, right?
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:19 AM   #17 (permalink)
 
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Time out for group hug. My problem is I keep what I make. My wife said she's taking my lathes and leaving. I'm going to miss them.
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Old 08-19-2015, 03:20 PM   #18 (permalink)
 
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Quick shot of my first lathe ....

It belongs in the Smithsonian
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:32 PM   #19 (permalink)
 
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I'll give them a call and see what they offer .... if it's under 100 grand (the candy bar) I'll have to turn em down ...
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What I'm hoping is. When I die my wife don't sell all my stuff for what I said I gave for it...
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