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Project by bushmaster posted 02-25-2020 06:48 AM 1052 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past week I have been constructing a wood lathe for a friend and enjoying time on my own wood lathe, especially the hollow turning aspect. I could really get into that aspect. I have found it a real joy to use the lathe that I made from scrap iron as well as the articulating arm for hollow turning. It works so well, and is easy and cheap to build, I am surprised that no one that I know of has given it a go. There are 4 video’s of it on YOUTUBE. Just a refresher picture

It is hard to get the inside smooth, I think that may be a problem that every on faces. I found this worked quite well to make it look somewhat smooth. Just a dowel mounted in a drill, slot and a very course cloth backed sand paper strip inserted in the slot.

Finished projects turned out quite well

Working on the shape of the finial, its a fun and challenging project too.

With the other bowl too, It makes a nice display

This is the project that is taking most of my time at the present. I have most of almost all the parts now machined and bed welded. This weekend we should just about have it assembled. We splurged and bought new metal for the bed and mandrel as the snow has covered most scrap metal supplies.

Ŧhanks for looking and comments are appreciated and encouraging.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 02-25-2020 06:57 AM

Excellent bowl. I envy ypu on that accessory.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-25-2020 07:13 AM

A blog about the new lathe would be appreciated. And about above: “Very nice stuff”

You are mentioning that it is hard to get the inside smooth. If the tools are sharp there isn’t a lot of cutting pressure, and to me the “non smoothness” means that there is some vibration (in the articulating arm). You are using also the tool rest which means that the vibration is minimized and the arm is stabilized. I expect the closer the cutting knife is at the tool rest the smoother are the results? When yes? Make the steel bar thicker, or strengthen him.


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#3 posted 02-25-2020 07:36 AM

The timber and bowls are gorgeous Brian….

And YES PLEASE, I agree with Dutchy on the blog request!

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

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#4 posted 02-25-2020 08:13 AM

WOW Brian, you never cease to amaze me.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 02-25-2020 12:32 PM

beautiful vessels Brian – no doubt the ‘new’ lathe will turn out great

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 02-25-2020 02:59 PM

Very nice work. The lathe construction and the arm are amazing. I wish I had you as a neighbor.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 02-25-2020 04:55 PM

Love that articulating arm Brian. I’ll take a look at the YouTubes. Excellent job on your hollow turning.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 02-25-2020 04:58 PM

You sure are keeping busy! Nice work on that hollow form. Never done one but I imagine the smaller the hole in the top the less finished the inside. I would expect each lathe you build to be improved in a few ways, this should be a good one for your friend.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 02-25-2020 08:48 PM

Brian, You are now the LatheMaster too!

AS always your work is amazing. Keep it up.

Please have a little sympathy on us that DO NOT have your triple load of talents!
A lot of L-Js do not know that you are also an inventor and a good mechanic too!
I almost forgot to mention an excellent photographer on top of the other talents.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#10 posted 02-25-2020 10:25 PM

Nice one Buddy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 02-26-2020 02:22 PM


-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 02-28-2020 08:04 PM

Great piece, Brian. I really like your hollowing boring bar!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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