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Offline cnr6400

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #60 on: February 13, 2020, 12:25:46 AM »
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Offline Don1966

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #61 on: February 13, 2020, 12:40:05 AM »
Wired the lathe up today and made the vent cover for the enclosure. The VFD has to breath so it can cool itself. Some more photos for you showing the making of the vent covers and wiring. A final family photo of the complete lathe so far and a photo of the name tags reinstalled.


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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #62 on: February 13, 2020, 01:18:46 AM »
Don, that's just beautiful! Another very handy tool ready for use.

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #63 on: February 13, 2020, 02:38:25 AM »
Don, that's just beautiful! Another very handy tool ready for use.

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Pete..............looking at the second to last picture, I think it might already of seen some action!  :whoohoo:

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Offline Don1966

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #64 on: February 13, 2020, 04:28:09 AM »
Short shaky video.


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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #65 on: February 13, 2020, 01:20:27 PM »
Working great!

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #66 on: February 13, 2020, 02:11:45 PM »
Looks just like the lathes we had in my 9th grade shop class.  :ThumbsUp: I still have the bowl I turned on one.

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #67 on: February 13, 2020, 02:48:47 PM »
Nice to see it in action! It sounded super smooth when up to speed, but a bit of rattle getting there; I noticed you adjusting a little knob as it was getting up to speed - what does that knob do?

I was curious also about your turning technique -  it looked like you were using a gouge, but primarily as a scraper, even after you rounded off the blank - ?? I couldn't tell for sure on the video.
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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #68 on: February 13, 2020, 03:03:51 PM »
Hi ANDY, the knob I was adjusting is a speed control. I installed a VFD and a three phase motor on it. And yes I was using a gouge just for the demo.


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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #69 on: February 13, 2020, 03:07:49 PM »
Ah - I was thinking that knob was something mechanical. What was the source of the rattling as it was ramping up to speed? Maybe something in the way the motor is mounted?? Again, it was super smooth when it got up to speed, so I would assume it is nothing that would cause problems.

I predict you are going to get a lot of enjoyment out of that lathe - I loved how rigid the tool rest is. (Not just that, but I noticed that in particular, having suffered with a wimpy tool rest for years ...)
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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #70 on: February 13, 2020, 03:16:09 PM »
Lathe's looking better than new and working great! Excellent work Don.  :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp:

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #71 on: February 13, 2020, 05:48:13 PM »
I saw that Don!    that looks great!    What's your first project with it?

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #72 on: February 13, 2020, 07:44:42 PM »
That's a good result  :praise2:  :praise2:  :wine1: I haven't done any wood turning since secondary school  :old:
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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #73 on: February 14, 2020, 12:19:37 AM »
It seem the locking lever on my lathe tailstock snapped so I had to make a new one. In the photo you can see the original lever had broke and was welded together. Process of turning in the lathe from hex stock. Threaded the end with tap die and turned the handle to size. Photos of the new handle next to old still on parent stock and using torch bent to shape. Final fit to tail stock.


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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #74 on: March 06, 2020, 12:09:59 AM »
I been working on a chisel rack for the lathe. The photos show how the tools are hidden under the lathe and a handle pulls the rack out at a 10 degree tilt to access the chisels then return to hidden position. The two knobs adjust the tension with compressed springs. Find below a photo of the 10 degree arc on  the end plates.


Don