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Bowl is about 13 inches wide and 6 inches at its highest. Wood was sources from an ash tree I took down in my backyard. Turned on a Harvey T40 using crown tools and Nova G3 chuck. Finished with Howard's wax it all.
I made my first order with WTW for a couple of CBN wheels and other stuff and haven't had a great experience so far.
They charged my card immediately but were slow to ship. They say 1-3 business days and when I called them on the fourth day to see when it would go out, they didn't answer the phone and their voice mailbox was full. So I sent them an email and they eventually got back to me saying it would ship in a few days. When the order arrived, they'd forgotten to ship one item.
Shit happens, I get it, but I'm considering getting another wheel for my Tormek clone and before I drop another $350 on them, I want to know if this is typical behavior or whether I was "just lucky" this time around.
I picked up a good deal on a used lathe but some of the original pieces are gone. I've never used a lathe nor do I know anything about them (however I am an experienced, hobbyist woodworker).
I am missing pieces: #3 spanner, #4 heavy-duty live center, and #10 Operating/Knock-out bar.
The spanner is probably not a big deal, but what is a Live center and Knock-out bar? Do I need/want them?
I’ve been hoping to get some 35mm jaws for awhile. But haven’t yet. But now I need to grab a 1.5” bar of brass… should I make some spacers for my 2” or glue it to a block and hope I can center it well enough?
Or just stop being impatient? 🤷♂️
Getting some gifts for family together. These are made from Rubber wood with tiny padauk perchs on two. The insides are charred, and the bases are from an old pressure treated post. Finished with Rust-Oleum Clear Acrylic enamel and alcohol dyes for the color.
Tried penetrating oil, using locking vise grips and hammer, tapping the faceplate with a hamme (both directions), heating the faceplate.
The space between the head and the faceplate is such I can't screw in a 2x4 to the plate. It doesn't use a locking pin, but the head and the faceplate both have good flat places for wrenches and vice grips. I've whacked on them with a hand sledge, but nothing, it just moves the lathe around.
And yes, working CCW when facing the head from the tailstock side. I really don't want to have to buy another lathe. And I know once I get it loose (or get a new lathe) to add a nylon washer and lubricate before each use now. And I *did* / do tighten before each use.
Any suggestions welcome.
UPDATE: ** success ** this morning! Based on FullTimer's suggestion, I got four carriage bolts the size of the faceplate holes and bolted it to a 2x4 from the other side (duh, didn't think of that). Held that in place, put locking grips on the spindle, wailed on them with the sledge. Also let penetrating oil run all night as well, tipping the lathe on its end so I could let it pen from the faceplate side. First a little movement, then it came loose.
Cleaned it up well, re-lubricated, and will be looking for a nylon spacer/washer before using again.
Around this type of year I tend to make a lot of tops.
How would y’all price your items if you were selling them? Trying to gauge how much I could charge for some 7 inch turned candle sticks
I think they look old-fashioned and evoke melting candy.
I've had a hard time getting my projects to look like some of yours on camera. I'd like to start selling, and would love some advice on inexpensive ways to make stuff look professional.
I just picked up a powermatic 2014 lathe and would like to turn bowls.
I would also like to get a few tools. If you could only buy 3 or 4 which ones would you recommend?
Thank you so much!