DIY ornamental woodturning jig?

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 01-02-2010 02:00 AM 3694 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2010 02:00 AM

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I recently bought a new Jet 1220 mini lathe. Is anyone aware if there are an DIY ornamental woodturning jigs? I have been looking at the LEgacy turning jigs but they are quite expensive.


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#1 posted 01-07-2010 02:58 AM

I’ve researched this subject quite a bit over the last year, for I too wanted to make a jig for this purpose. I have experimented with a chain and sprocket system, but there was too much backlash. You will need a leadscrew and a set of matched rails as your main components. It is possible to make, but there is still going to be expense, unless you are lucky enough to find these main components at a reasonable cost. I determined that the reason the Legacy is so expensive is the monopoly they enjoy. There really is not that much to them. I think they purposely do not supply reasonable photos in their advertisements because of this fact. Every so often one will appear on ebay with quality photos (I have saved some) and you can see the “operation” with enough detail to build one. If someone were fortunate enough to have access to a machine shop, then it would be quite a bit cheaper to make one. But for the rest of us, the cost of the labor to make the required items is still over that budget line.

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#2 posted 03-18-2012 11:56 PM

If DIY means do it yourself then it is up to you. If you want Photos,construction articles,plans, Etc try Ornamental turning International and/or AAW (American Association of Woodturners). web searches for ornamental turning, MDF Rose Engine. Engine turning, Excentric chuck, Dome Chuck, Dumping/Dipping Chuck Eliptical Chuck, Straight line Chuck. About eight books have receintly (Ten Years) been published about Ornamental turning and are available from libraryies (large) and Ammazon is usually able to find some of the reprints. With persistance some of the many old books mite be found. They will be rare and expensive and hard to read and comprehend as the english language used 200 plus years ago is quite diffrent from what we use today. John Magill co designer of the MDF Rose Engine has produced several of the specilized chucks with MDF as the main material and I have seen numerous other efforts on web pages of woodturning clubs around the world using Corian or various dense hardwoods in place of metal components. Don’t forget YouTube Videos! Dvd’s have been published on Eliptical Turning and spiral turning. Cutting frames may be purchased from at least two diffrent manufacturers. and DIY cutting frames using drills,trim routers, die grinders (air and electric), right angle grinders and chainsaws have all been used before. Pick your poison with care!

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