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Blog entry by mikeacg posted 03-01-2017 01:55 PM 1297 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a new toy for the shop and have been spending my spare time learning how to use it so haven’t been as active on the forum as I’d like. The new machine is called SideWinder and was designed and built by a friend of mine, Gary Campbell, over in Marquette. (He’s quite active on CNC forums).

It is a CNC machine that uses a Jet lathe and has 2 functions. It can be used a a CNC lathe or as a recoil (or the combination of both). This gives me the ability to turn stuff really fast but also to do things that can’t be done on a lathe (Take a look at the juicer test to see what I mean. I turned the body using the lathe function and cut the grooves using the recoil function).

Just thought I would share this with you folks! Hope you enjoy it!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#1 posted 03-01-2017 04:17 PM

Wow that is really something, mine boggling for me. Wood turning at a whole new level.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 03-01-2017 04:52 PM

What you’re calling the recoil function, is that like a router that makes cuts along the axes of the lathe?

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#3 posted 03-01-2017 09:55 PM

Congrats and very interesting tool combination

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 03-01-2017 10:01 PM

That looks awesome. I could use something like that for socket chisel handles.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 03-01-2017 10:11 PM

Pretty neat. I would love to see a video of you and your new machine in action…..

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 03-02-2017 08:40 PM

Thanks Brian! When I first saw it I was fascinated but needed to think about what I could do with it.
Papadan – Yes the recoil is like a 4th axis function on a regular CNC.
Thanks Norman! I’m still exploring how it will all work to make my life easier…
TheFridge – Absolutely! Anything with a handle! Thought about trying some bottlestoppers as well!
Kelster – I shot some video but I can’t get my computer to recognize the camera right now. I will put something up as soon as I work out the problem – or I’ll try a different camera.

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 07-05-2017 04:56 PM

Mike, I looked up a Rose Engine in the last week, it was new to me, now here is another one I never heard of. You should be turning out some amazing work with that!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 10-13-2017 01:17 PM

Very good work

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#9 posted 10-30-2017 02:34 PM

Very interesting!!!

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#10 posted 10-30-2017 02:45 PM

Impressive piece of machinery, congrats!


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#11 posted 10-30-2017 08:19 PM

Thanks a1Jim! I’ve been too busy getting ready for winter to use it much but that snow is coming – and it is warm where the machine is! Hope to be doing a series of finials in the near future. Furniture guys love them but sign guys want them even more! Life is good!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#12 posted 10-30-2017 08:22 PM


I’ve been studying automata for a few years now. I’m thinking I can turn camshafts for the movement. And since they would be digital, they would be adjustable before writing gcode. I can’t wait to see where that leads me!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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