How to turn a bowl with a 150 hp lathe

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Forum topic by HalDougherty posted 03-18-2012 12:03 PM 12160 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2012 12:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: turning lathe bowl humor

No, this isn’t me, I found this video on You-Tube and had to share it with everybody on Lumberjocks. I’m sure this was only done for fun, and don’t try this at home, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work if you made some slightly better big lathe tools.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 03-18-2012 12:17 PM

Hilarious ….. maybe a class in tool angle would help him.

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#2 posted 03-18-2012 12:47 PM

lol I just saw this the other day. pretty classic stuff

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#3 posted 03-18-2012 12:52 PM

I saw this a while back myself and, having owned one, thought…that is a better use for a chrysler mini van than being seen on the road in it….ha ha

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#4 posted 03-18-2012 12:55 PM

ha ha ha…thats funny. Thats kind of a Red Green thing isnt it? I think he’s from Canada too…what is it with you guys up there… :-)

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#5 posted 03-18-2012 12:58 PM

About 20 some years ago there was an article on Old House Journal where a carpenter had to turn some large column bases and he used his van back axle. He fabricated a large stationary tool rest, don’t remember how, think it was driven into the ground. I think he bought a junk steel wheel and drilled some extra holes in it to use as a baseplate. It worked out well for him.

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#6 posted 03-18-2012 03:59 PM

Show this to Sam… He’ll make it work… it will hummm right along! LOL

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#7 posted 03-18-2012 08:13 PM

2 wild and crazy guys but it works I think the tools could be little maybe sharp LOL

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#8 posted 03-18-2012 11:20 PM

I like the tool rest ;-))

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#9 posted 03-18-2012 11:30 PM

You might want to verify that the vehicle is not all-wheel drive before giving this a try.

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#10 posted 03-18-2012 11:34 PM

Here is a bigger bowl turned on a tractor.

is the link to the article.

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#11 posted 03-18-2012 11:54 PM

That is a serious bowl! Thx for posting.

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#12 posted 03-18-2012 11:59 PM

That last pic just looks like a serious accident waiting to happen. Only major issue I can see, provided it is all bolted tight, is that the wheel bearings might not be adjusted tight enough leading to bad runout. Although it can handle the load and probably idles around 700rpm. Better would be to mount the engine to an external frame and bolt to a modified flexplate. As long as there is a radiator hooked up and a fan it would run all day if you provided the fuel.

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#13 posted 03-19-2012 12:27 AM

That is a monster! And that video is hilarious! Just curious if that guy was wondering why the face he was turning never trued up. Lol!

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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