I guess my lathe just doesn’t go fast enough

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Forum topic by JADobson posted 02-12-2019 01:10 AM 475 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2019 01:10 AM

Scrolling through my local buy and sell and saw this (paid) ad. I guess the secret to smooth turnings is 90,000 rpms!

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#1 posted 02-12-2019 02:45 AM

“But this one goes to 11.”

”... and that was how that piece of wood ended up embedded in my neighbor’s fridge your honor”

You need to totally click on it and order one.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#2 posted 02-12-2019 12:45 PM

I can understand how this can happen. My first lathe was given to me. It was a Craftsman 113. When I got some chisels and basic turning stuff, I tried it out only to have the wood fly away. Being new to lathe operation, I thought this may be normal, so I changed the belt position to faster and the wood flew farther. Now while I am not a rocket scientist, I thought something may be wrong. I chose this time to read the instruction booklet and found out someone had changed the 1750 rpm motor with a 3600 rpm motor and what to my surprise, it was too fast. My experience was my own fault, not a typo (90000). Moral ; read the manual first!

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#3 posted 02-12-2019 01:36 PM

At 90k do you still need tools to shape the wood, or do you just rely on prayer and kevlar?

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#4 posted 02-12-2019 01:39 PM

If your lathe can’t turn a piece fast enough that it’s at risk of ignition from air friction, you should definitely step up your game :p

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#5 posted 02-12-2019 03:18 PM

Brings new meaning to the term “friction polish”.

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