120 MM projectile

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Project by sugarpine posted 07-21-2019 01:19 AM 1055 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although there’s a Jet mini lathe in my shop it belongs to my wife. She got hooked on making pens and small bowls a few years ago. It was a great excuse to buy a lathe, a bunch of turning tools and accessories for her. She took lessons too but the thrill has passed. It mostly gathers dust.

A Navy buddy of mine needed a projectile turned for his 120 MM shell casing. He gave me a long chunk of a white birch tree trunk that he had carved on thinking he could make it without benefit of a lathe. It didn’t go well. You can see his efforts on one half of the trunk in the second photo.

The mini lathe bed wasn’t long enough to turn the projectile with a slightly smaller diameter base for insertion into the casing. I turned the projectile as one piece using a face plate and live center. I then turned a maple base which was attached to the projectile turning. My portion of the trunk still had all its bark. It flew every where when I hit it with my 1” roughing gouge.

His efforts didn’t go to waste. I used his half to fix a three legged chair !

-- sugarpine

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#1 posted 07-21-2019 08:53 PM

looks very nice to me
thanks for sharing

-- bambi

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#2 posted 07-23-2019 09:03 PM

thats pretty cool good thing you took over his was a little rough.i love your chair repair too-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 07-23-2019 09:18 PM

I don’t think anyone will notice the repair.. Nice work the projectile not the chair.

-- Clark

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#4 posted 08-03-2019 03:30 AM

Looks good. Will the projectile have a finish applied?

This reminded me – I have some 76mm casings that need projectiles. I’ll have to take some measurements before I visit my folks and try my hand on Dad’s lathe.

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