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Reply #15 - Jan 8th, 2009 at 12:33pm
 
Thanks Bill,
I registered for that forum to see the photos you recommend yesterday, but am still awaiting a reply so I can view the attachments.

Solid bar it is, and thanks again for the advice,
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Reply #16 - Jan 8th, 2009 at 5:00pm
 
James, if you need any help just pm me. Happy to help if I can...Bill...
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Re: My version of capt. Eddies steel Snake hollowe
Reply #17 - Jan 8th, 2009 at 9:40pm
 
Bill,
What do I need to look for when purchasing the "thrust bearings"? I have almost everything I need to build this hollowing system, but would like to use these bearings now instead of later.

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Reply #18 - Jan 9th, 2009 at 4:37am
 
John,
These are the thrust bearings Bill is referring to. I also am making the same one & he has given me all of the links I need. Just get the size bore you need for the hole you drilled.

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Re: My version of capt. Eddies steel Snake hollowe
Reply #19 - Jan 9th, 2009 at 10:23am
 
Chuck, that's a good site to know about.  I've bookmarked it with my other turning suppliers.  Never know when you'll have a bearing go out.
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Reply #20 - Jan 9th, 2009 at 10:46am
 
Doug,
I also have them bookmarked. Bill (2ljunkie) gave me the web address these are what he uses in his version of the steel snake. I ordered some myself & waiting for them to come in. after this I should have all the parts for my snake. They do have a good assortment of different bearings. I had never heard of thrust bearings until Bill gave me the link.
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Re: My version of capt. Eddies steel Snake hollowe
Reply #21 - Jan 9th, 2009 at 11:20am
 
Question for all you Snake users.  What keeps the Snake from twisting in the tail stock?
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Reply #22 - Jan 9th, 2009 at 11:35am
 
Rev. Doug Miller wrote on Jan 9th, 2009 at 11:20am:
Question for all you Snake users.  What keeps the Snake from twisting in the tail stock?
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I plan on using this. Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register I will have the MT part inside of the tailstock & the other end inside of the steel like this. You can use a draw bar to secure it to the tailstock since it's threaded for a 1/4 x 20 TPI. There is also a flat spot that goes inside of the steel just drill a hole for a set screw & it will not rotate.

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Re: My version of capt. Eddies steel Snake hollowe
Reply #23 - Jan 9th, 2009 at 2:13pm
 
Chuck Beland wrote on Jan 9th, 2009 at 4:37am:
John,
These are the thrust bearings Bill is referring to. I also am making the same one & he has given me all of the links I need. Just get the size bore you need for the hole you drilled.

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Chuck,
Thanks for the link with the thrust bearing information.

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Re: My version of capt. Eddies steel Snake hollowe
Reply #24 - Jan 9th, 2009 at 5:45pm
 
Chuck Beland wrote on Jan 9th, 2009 at 11:35am:
Rev. Doug Miller wrote on Jan 9th, 2009 at 11:20am:
Question for all you Snake users.  What keeps the Snake from twisting in the tail stock?
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I plan on using this. Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register I will have the MT part inside of the tailstock & the other end inside of the steel like this. You can use a draw bar to secure it to the tailstock since it's threaded for a 1/4 x 20 TPI. There is also a flat spot that goes inside of the steel just drill a hole for a set screw & it will not rotate.

Click pic for full size.

Just make sure you also tighten the locking arm on the tailstock ram too. The only time I had movement was when I had tightend the draw bolt but forgot to tighten the locking handle on the tailstock. About 30 degrees of rotation and a near heart attack!!..Bill..
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It's aparant I do not know how to use the "quote feature" Cry
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Re: My version of capt. Eddies steel Snake hollowe
Reply #25 - Jan 9th, 2009 at 8:14pm
 
Bill,
That happens when you use the "quote" button & there is pics in the quote. You didn't do anything wrong it's just the way it is.
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Reply #26 - Jan 19th, 2009 at 6:55am
 
I am new to this site and just found this.  I would be happy to share my plan with anyone who might need it.  I have been turning for about 3 years and enjoy these forums greatly.  Lots of information here and very friendly folks who share.  The steel snake is my sharing.
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Reply #27 - Jan 19th, 2009 at 7:02am
 
Wayne,
I use Bill's & your pics when I post about the steel snake. Welcome to WR it's just like FW a great bunch of people. Stu & Vaughn are also members here.
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Reply #28 - Jan 19th, 2009 at 7:24am
 
I am glad to be able to give back something to these forums as I have learned a lot from everyone.  I started turning on a home made lathe, built from a Shopnotes plan.   smiley=dankk2.gif
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Reply #29 - Jan 19th, 2009 at 7:37am
 
I used all the links, pictures, and advice to build my own snake this weekend. I finished it this morning before leaving for my day job, so I don't have a picture to post yet, but what a blast. I want to thank all that contributed.

Instead of connecting it to my PM tailstock, I had an old tailstock from my first $50 lathe. It was made out of stamped metal and the ways bent when I tightened a piece between centers (cheap in the worst way, but I couldn't throw it away). The tail stock was cast iron, and with a little grinding fits perfectly between the ways on my PM, and since it is shorter the bars are well under my elbo, and it should have less chance of rotating. I was also able to recomminssion the old lathe motor for a dedicated polishing station.

My materials cost was ~$70 with shipping because I used all needle thrust bearings, oiled bronze bushings, and new bolts, washers, etc. I was also able to bring more life into the old junker lathe parts, so I couldn't be more pleased.

I drilled the tool holder to 1/2 inch to fit my exocet shafts, and I have and adapter that came with the exocet to hold 5/8 shafts so my next project is making some boring bars. When I extend the snake, the cutting edge of my exocet cutter is ~1/16 above center, so I hope it will work. (advice welcomed). Should the cutting tip be dead on center, or will 1/16th above be OK?

Thanks again for all the information. I have a lot of fun making this project and hope to learn the proper way to use it soon.  smiley=thumbsup.gif
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