Shop Improvements #7: New lathe and first turning!

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Blog entry by wolflrv posted 12-14-2011 12:02 AM 2310 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Bench Grinder Toolrest Part 7 of Shop Improvements series Part 8: Drill Press Table-Part 1 » the previous blog post shows my lathe tools and grinder setup, but I finally got the lathe out of the box and had some fun yesterday and this morning.

Here is my new HF 8×12 mini-lathe already covered in shavings!

And here is where I quit last night, after trying desperately to get just a straight cylinder,

I was almost there, when I got a big catch. I decided to walk away for the night and went back in the house and rewatched the Richard Raffan DVD for the 3rd time. I could actually focus more this time having had my hands and brain on the lathe by then. I also figured out what I was doing wrong on the sharpening.

So I went back out this morning, resharpened tools again and this what I was able to produce! This has had no sanding at all, just the tools. And yes this is just scrap 2×4 lumber, nothing fancy.

I’m pretty damn happy for an old guy trying to learn new tricks!!

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 01:24 AM

Looks great. Might want to consider taking a file to the tool rest and give it a bit of a smoothing. It will make it easier if it is not lumpy.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 12-14-2011 02:32 AM

Welcome to the addiction. ;)

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#3 posted 12-14-2011 02:58 AM

I got hooked turning a couple of months ago making pens. Have fun.

-- I'll get it done when I get a-round-tuit.

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 04:57 PM

Have my HF lathe set up. Bought the video, and a good mask, and tools. Thinking about a chuck. Interested to see where you go with this.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 10:15 PM

Hey Doc…I read over on your blog, about your HF lathe purchase. I’m really happy with mine so far. I’m sure there are things it doesn’t do right, but I wouldn’t know the difference at this point. I got it to turn the piece shown above after much trial and error, but that was me learning how to do it, more than any issues with the lathe not working correctly. Mine has only one pulley, but does have a variable speed control, so I can start it nice and slow and then turn it up as I’m confident of the chucking and balance. Also as David posted above, I probably need to file the toolrest a bit, so it will be smoother. I plan to use the existing faceplates and such that came with the lathe, until I spend more time with it and really figure out what I need as far as other chucks.

Most of the work I plan to do so far, will be related to shaping parts like wheels and cylinders for my toys and models I’m building, which is the reason I went with a smaller lathe. Well, that as well as budget..:) I may get into making some pens and such later, but I’m all fired up on toys and models at the moment.

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