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Forum topic by Krystoph posted 04-22-2020 01:45 AM 483 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Krystoph

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04-22-2020 01:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood lathe live center removal tail stock morse taper mt2 stud funny but serious stupid genius jig question

I’ve been curious about making a pool cue and extra long table legs but I’m not ready to drop a lot of money on a new lathe. I was wondering if it is at all possible to remove the tailstock from the bed and build an attachment that more or less extends the length I can turn? Or even just put a MT2 taper directly into a wall stud

-- I imagine we are all but grains of star dust in the grand scope of time. But I suspect we are the universe and stars to the grains we cannot see.


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#1 posted 04-22-2020 03:57 AM

Absolutely. And depending on setup, you might not even need a tailstock – and can get by just using something like a steady rest along with a scroll chuck or faceplate. I polished up a 5 foot metal post (from a Craftsman floor standing drill press) on a 3 foot lathe that way before without any issues.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 04-22-2020 06:19 AM

I’ve seen on another site before where someone had gotten another lathe bed and bolted them end-to-end, another built a whole new bed of steel and moved the headstock and tailstock to it to turn longer items. In fact some older lathes had wooden ways that allowed pretty much any length turning.
Long as everything lines up, no reason it shouldn’t work. Shoot, I even saw a picture of an Oliver lathe that was built once with something like a 60’+ bed to it, so pretty much anything is possible.

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#3 posted 04-22-2020 12:20 PM

What size lathe do you have now? Have to agree with hcbph_1, find another bed and attach to your lathe.

JMHO, spindle turning involves speeds of 1000+ RPM’s why would think could do it without a tailstock? You may want a couple for steady rest too!

Average 2 piece cue for accuracy is between 57 or 58 inches long and weigh between 19 or 20 ounces. You can buy one piece pool cues cheaper than you can make them range in sizes from 36 to 57 inches.

You could buy extra long table legs cheaper than you can make them. Longest legs ever turned were for stools they were either 12” long for kid size and 35” long for adults. Made 5 stools and honestly some legs had minor variances. Will never turn anymore!

-- Bill

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#4 posted 04-22-2020 08:49 PM



I ve seen on another site before where someone had gotten another lathe bed and bolted them end-to-end, another built a whole new bed of steel and moved the headstock and tailstock to it to turn longer items. In fact some older lathes had wooden ways that allowed pretty much any length turning.
Long as everything lines up, no reason it shouldn t work. Shoot, I even saw a picture of an Oliver lathe that was built once with something like a 60 + bed to it, so pretty much anything is possible.

- hcbph_1


That lathe was a monster, I believe it was used to turn masts at a naval shipyard on the East coast late 19th early 20th century.

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#5 posted 04-23-2020 12:07 PM

Making a good pool cue not as easy as it 1st appears, and unless you want long legs out of exotic wood just go buy them. Many times a lot more $ are spent trying to do something that appears cheaper.

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#6 posted 04-23-2020 12:20 PM

Every now and then one of these lathes come up for sale. Conover stopped making these lathes but for their time big bang for your lathe buying dollars.

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If we stopped to think about how much stuff cost, we would stop turning. Not sure that’s as much fun or satisfaction as turning on a lathe.

When comes to pool cues & table legs the learning curve pretty steep and you better be prepared to waste a lot of wood before being good.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 04-23-2020 01:06 PM

Woodworking is a hobby, like fishing. Both cost $$$$. I can buy fish cheaper than catching, or buy furniture or pool cues cheaper than turning. But what fun is that? Practice turning on wood that can be used for smoking food, and nothing goes to waste! I use my turning chips to smoke the fish I catch. ( Or some days, don’t catch)

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Krystoph

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#8 posted 04-30-2020 03:36 AM

Sorry about the late response, life has been happening unfortunately. I have a 10×18 and a 10×15, extension coming for the 18. I just enjoy tinkering, plus a white oak pool cue and Banisters for the stairs going to the basement sound life a good time and thought the concept to be fun but wanted to make sure there isn’t some safety issues, my lathe has beat me up in the past and I’d like to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

-- I imagine we are all but grains of star dust in the grand scope of time. But I suspect we are the universe and stars to the grains we cannot see.

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#9 posted 04-30-2020 12:04 PM

Sound like you’re ready to go, might think about using one or more steady rest when turning your pool cues or other skinny spindles. Lot of folks make their own steadies, not really that hard.

Good luck with!

-- Bill

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#10 posted 05-02-2020 10:01 PM

In today’s fast moving world, people just don’t have the time to devote to a “hobby”. We all have to set priorities in our lives. It’s not a question of money, but of time. I am now retired, but during my working days and family matters, I couldn’t devote much time to my interests until now.

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