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02-20-2020 11:43 PM

Are there any examples of lathe-turned wooden handwheels for a vise? - 5 replies

Hello, I’m gathering bits & pieces to make a vise or two for my bench, and after shopping around for 6”-8” handwheels I’m considering turning them on my lathe. I haven’t decided whether to make it like a dished machine wheel, spoked or a solid with a crank, or make it like a flat spoked ship’s wheel. ...

03-16-2019 11:41 PM

just a bit about cleaning the tools in the basement shop - 1 reply

My saw and other tools were looking a little dingy, but I didn’t want to get out solventes such as mineral spirits or solvent sprays because the shop is in my basement with the boiler and hotwater tank, and also I didn’t want to stink up the house. And I didn’t want to use a lot of water either. So I used a Scotchbrite pad ...

12-19-2017 06:05 PM

spade bit formed as a cutter for an ugly router plane. - 4 replies

Hello, here’s a 3-hr-made ugly router plane. The picture explains most of the idea. The important thing is that spade bits are a ubiquitous and very inexpensive source of tool steel for small projects such as this, and other tools such as small lathe chisels for fine work. The cutter was made from an old HSS spade bit. I heated it re...

03-31-2017 01:18 PM

layout fixture for faceplate work - 1 reply

Hello, this fixture is handy for quickly marking facework, especially for duplicates of plates & platters. It can be used with the precision steel rule as shown, or a piece of tape can be laid on with specified layout marks. The fixture registers in the gap between the ways, and to make a snug fit, I cut a strip the width of the gap, and...

01-22-2017 11:09 PM

Milkman's workbench as replacement top for Workmate? - 5 replies

Hello, has anybody made a milkman’s workbench as a replacement top for a Workmate? I think this may be a good marriage of ideas, either for the fixed or moveable board, or both. Also, I have two Workmates and when space allows (such as outside on the driveway or patio), I often link them together to form a very stable bench. So I gu...

04-12-2016 08:08 PM

Delta 46-250 (LA200) midi-lathe powered by variable speed treadmill motor? - 54 replies

Hello, I’ve a chassis from a Weslo treadmill (formerly used as a clothes rack). It has a variable speed (0-5600rpm max.) 2HP permanent magnet DC motor. I had intended to convert the chassis into a widebody sander, with a 3-4” drum turned on my lathe. When I disassembled the chassis I noticed that it has a micro-groove pulley/b...


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