Showing posts with label lathe accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lathe accessories. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

4-Way Workbench

So in a interview this morning on the radio about his new book "Buseyisms", Gary Busey recounted a story from the 80's when he went over the handle bars of his Harley and split his scull open from his brow to the top of his head. He says he died on the operating table and entered the after life as a small 1/4" thick floating soul. He was surrounded by luminescent floating orbs with spears of light jabbing out from their centers, He was given the choice to stay or come back to the living. Ha ha ha ha ha lol. Sometimes he can rise above the cheap laughs and actually be funny, his head hit the pavement, he was still seeing stars ha ha ha.

Don't go away yet, here is an excellent plan for a turners workbench with limited shop space. I like my rural setting and with a lot of hard work, have all the shop space I want. Most people are not, nor have any desire, to be in that position but would still like to pursue a craft, in a small space.

"The Complete Book Of Home Workshops" has a couple of nice plans for workbenches to suit these needs. Today I will upload the plan for a wood turners bench. This 4 in 1 bench with a 14" band saw and a drill press would be all the larger machines a woodturner would need to produce some nice work. It would fit in a small space, and the bench does multiple functions including mounting and storing of a very substantial lathe. In this case a full size iron bed lathe that looks like a Rockwell.





Sunday, August 26, 2018

"Getting The Most Out Of Your Lathe"

So last week I completed the upload of  "Wood Turning Visualized". Here is a popular little book that focuses more on the machine, in addition to wood turning you will also find instruction for metal turning, and metal spinning on the lathe. "Getting The Most Out Of Your Lathe" is another Delta publication, in keeping with the rest of Delta's "Getting The Most Out Of Your ..." series.

This is a short book, but like the rest of the books in this series , it is packed with information. Metal spinning is one of those activities that has been called a "lost art". Modern methods have largely made metal spinning obsolete, but it is still used to produce one of's and specialty work. For the home hobbyist, this is an interesting use of the lathe, that will let you produce shapes that are normally produced on large expensive press equipment. 

Lindsey published an interesting little book on metal spinning that I will scan and upload next week.

So to download "Getting The Most Out Of Your Lathe" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 58 - 14 MB - pdf.





Thursday, July 19, 2018

Another Odds And Ends

So getting in some clean-up and a little summer reading. Heres a picture I should have posted in the last post. A pulled back picture of the sawmill so far, to get an idea of the proportions so far.


Don't go away, their's more. Here are a few short, reader submitted articles, from early 60's Popular Science. The first one is a different and interesting take on the common sanding block. This one allows you to not just sand edges, but also different curved, and circular work. The resolution is not that great, but usable if you expand for best view.


I have uploaded a number of articles before on speed reducers for bandsaws and other equipment. Here are a couple more. The first one is an easy one for the bandsaw. It uses the original pulleys and adds a relatively simple jack shaft.


You don't often see lathe speed reduced this low (12 rpm for slowest speed) but the author, Manly Banister, makes a good argument for these low speeds in special work. Interesting read.


For those following the sawmill build, stay tuned , hopefully get back in the shop tomorrow.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Few Easy Metal Lathe Accessories

So here are a few easy lathe accessories for the novice, looking to inexpensively equip his small metal turning lathe and gain some experience at the same time.