ARTICULATING ARM No. 2, Professional Model, Videos and PLANS

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Project by bushmaster posted 01-07-2019 02:59 AM 11098 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here it is, my second articulating arm, made out of kiln dried oak. Basically the same as the first prototype, but now with its own post. In the prototype I worked out the mechanism, and found out that it was very successful. It could be rebuild from a better wood along with a few changes that I found out while making this model. Just because it is made of wood it is not weak in any way, and I think it would pretty much keep up with a professional metal one for the novice turner. The advantage is that it can be built very easily at a very low cost and do some turning that you have only dreamed of.
As an aid I video taped the process of making this one. There are two videos of over 20 minutes each, Part 1 and Part 2. and also a demonstration video of using this one. about 10 minutes. In these videos I have tried to explain all aspects. I will show the simple basic plans also in this post for easy reference if you choose to build one.

Demonstration video.

Part 1 construction video

Part 2 construction video

If interesting in building one it may be an advantage to watch the demonstration video for the first one.

For interest sake here are a few more pictures.

The dimensions on these plans can be changed to meet your lathe size.

Now I just have to make a completed project since the block I tried it out on was green wood and split. I cut this block from an old yellow cedar log today, hopefully I will have more success on this one.

Thanks for checking this one out, fun to build and use. Hope this experiment will aid a number of you good woodworking folk.

Comments appreciated. would like to know what you think of this idea.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 01-07-2019 04:12 AM

Very nice video and detail, you put a lot of work into this post! Great item, too. Looks (and works) really well!

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#2 posted 01-07-2019 05:04 AM

Some classic Garage Engineering!!


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#3 posted 01-07-2019 02:50 PM

Great job on this build! and thank you for sharing it with us!

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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#4 posted 01-07-2019 03:10 PM

Very NICE!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 01-07-2019 03:28 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 01-07-2019 06:28 PM

Hey Brian, good to see you are caught up around home and back in the shop. I’m always worried about having a “catch” when I’m cutting inside, looks like you weren’t concerned much. Your arm works good. Do you have a way to check on the wall thickness as you go?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 01-07-2019 08:11 PM

Great work as usual, Brian!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 01-07-2019 08:40 PM

Hey Brian, good to see you are caught up around home and back in the shop. I m always worried about having a “catch” when I m cutting inside, looks like you weren t concerned much. Your arm works good. Do you have a way to check on the wall thickness as you go?

- John

ordered a lazer pionter yesterday, working on that piece of yellow cedar today, thinking of making one of those calipers for now as this one gets thinner.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 01-08-2019 12:08 AM

Just your USUAL work Amazing!

I might have to try to do something like that now.

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#10 posted 01-08-2019 01:59 AM

A jig like that makes hollowing out a vessel much safer and easier on the body. Well done.

-- Julian

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#11 posted 01-08-2019 02:42 AM

Fantastic project!
It is because of projects like this that make this site so special-
Ps. +1 that you used “OAK”

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#12 posted 01-08-2019 02:43 AM




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#13 posted 01-08-2019 05:09 AM

Looks good Brian as does the bowl as proof.

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#14 posted 01-08-2019 10:49 AM



G’Day Brian, Your creative genius just keeps on keeping on…well done again sir!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#15 posted 01-08-2019 02:26 PM

Very nice work.

-- Chris K

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