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Project by grosa posted 11-22-2010 12:36 AM 3240 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Residential job, These turnings were made from poplar 1 3/8” square x 34” long. The thinest part of the turning was 1/2” so I used a center support. The problem with a center support is you have to cut and sand 3” at a time. The good part is you can cut the full depth in one shot. The template was a broken baluster that I put back together. The customer wanted it by Monday ( 2 days ). It took 16 hours using a Vega duplicator on a light duty old Delta lathe.

-- Have a great day.

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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 12:43 AM

Very cool! Looks like you had some fun. Very nice craftsmanship!!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 01:49 AM

Hey Grosa,
Now that is a real cool heavy duty set-up…..good job.

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 03:18 AM

Nice job. Sixteen hours to do thirty balusters. If I open a shop, you can come and work for me! That’s a lot of sanding. That’s one every half hour, with a half hour lunch and two ten minute breaks.

-- Mel,

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 06:35 PM

Very nice, indeed. When I think about how turning must have been prior to duplicators, it makes me wonder how anything ever got done! But hey, now the customers expect things to be done over night. The double edged sword strikes again.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#5 posted 11-24-2010 04:26 PM

Reminds me of a sign in a gunsmith shop: Of course I want it today. If I wanted it tomorrow, I would bring it in tomorrow!

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 03:25 PM

Thank’s guys. I will never do another ” RUSH ” job again not with out charging at least $200 extra. Do you believe they still have NOT picked it up yet ! Today is Saturday. Never again.

-- Have a great day.

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#7 posted 01-01-2011 09:42 PM

NICE WORK, Is that what you do full time, Looks like the lath is some thing you built ?
I’m a furniture builder and I recently purched a Lagacy woodworking machine, works like a lathe
but can do spirals , fluited and many other stuff, I have a 40 sprial staircase spindle job coming up and that’s going to take some time. Looking forward to that ! I’ll post it when it finished .


-- Doug, Michigan,

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#8 posted 01-02-2011 05:23 AM

Doug, I rebuilt an old delta lathe and installed a Vaga duplicator with a spiral attachment. I had a Legacy lathe but I sold it. On the legacy you are limited. With the Vaga you are not. Don’t get me wrong, I like the legacy it’s a great tool but I make more money with the Vega Duplicator. And yes, I am a Full time craftsman or 29 yrs.

-- Have a great day.

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#9 posted 11-08-2011 09:24 PM

Neat looking stack.

-- Andrius Sta, Utrecht The Netherlands

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