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Đave Wendell
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Feb 15th, 2013 at 1:14am
 
I thought about this for some time and finally decided to give it a try.  I picked up all the steel for $50, a 3/4" and a 1" drill bit for $8 ea.  The rest was tools on hand and my time.  I got lucky the metal supplier cut the box tube and the solid bar to size for no charge.  My jig saw on low oscillation made quick work of the notch for the T section.  The upper corner of the angle bracket is going to follow the profile of the leg once I take it back off.  Doing so will allow a little more swing for the largest of turnings.  Speaking of swing, it came in some where between 38 - 40 inches.  Only time will tell what the lathe is capable of, but I'll have fun experimenting.  It's dirty and will be receiving some paint this weekend, but from a quick test all I have to say is wow!  This design is rock solid.

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Reply #1 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 3:11am
 
Looks great!
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Reply #2 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 5:46am
 
That looks excellent to me.
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Reply #3 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 6:10am
 
Well Done!!!
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Reply #4 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 9:54am
 
Nice!

Do you think you might have to lock down the arm while turning?
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Reply #5 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 10:18am
 
Great idea and it didn't cost a arm and a leg... smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #6 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 10:59am
 
I agree with Ron, the forces on the tool rest are horizontal as well as vertical, so you need to be able to lock up the articulating arm.
Just a thought.

Nice job however!!!
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Reply #7 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 11:25am
 
It may need to be locked down, but that upright is solid steel and must weigh enough to keep it in place.  If the end could be bought to a point, it certainly would not move.
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Reply #8 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 11:27am
 
Ron Sardo wrote on Feb 15th, 2013 at 9:54am:
Nice!

Do you think you might have to lock down the arm while turning?



The arm is locked down at the two pivot points by tightening the bolts down.  I haven't decided if I'm going to weld the nut or the bolt head to the bottom of  the arms. Which ever doesn't get the bead will be on top and easy to reach.  All you need at that point is a 3/4" wrench.  Cranked down there is no movement at all with the arms.

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Reply #9 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 11:29am
 
Looks good, what about on the lathe, is it locked down there as well?
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Reply #10 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 11:35am
 
Ron Sardo wrote on Feb 15th, 2013 at 11:29am:
Looks good, what about on the lathe, is it locked down there as well?


The bracket has four 3/8th" bolts through it (with lock nuts), and the pivot bolt works in the same manner as above  Smiley
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Reply #11 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 11:48am
 
Excellent.

I can't wait to hear about turning your first peice
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Reply #12 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 11:58am
 
Dumb question, but does it swing behind the bowl for shaping the outside???  I just can't tell by the pictures.
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Reply #13 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 12:39pm
 
I really like your design.  I have had something similar in my head for a while.  You have cleared up a few foggy area's.  thanks for sharing.
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Reply #14 - Feb 15th, 2013 at 1:23pm
 
dennis nagle wrote on Feb 15th, 2013 at 11:58am:
Dumb question, but does it swing behind the bowl for shaping the outside???  I just can't tell by the pictures.


Dennis it does get behind it quite well.  You have to keep in mind the chuck is extended out beyond the edge of the lathe, which clears easily over over the bracket.  Once I take that bracket back off and profile it to the slope of the lathes leg, I'll be able to take the tool rest even further into the bottom of the bowl.  I scribed a line on the back of the bracket following the leg.  I'll be cutting it down to the corner and leaving the entire bottom jutting part.   This will open up quite a bit more articulation with almost 1 1/2" off the back of the bracket.   In the original design they had the bracket turned with the leg down.  I opted for more swing and turned mine around.

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