Sunday, February 14, 2010

My New Lathe

  Since I showed you the turnings I made on my new lathe, I thought you might want to see the new lathe. It's about four times larger than my little Dremel lathe, and far more sophisticated with its variable speed control. When I turn it on, I barely can hear it running. It's a lovely machine, and I think I will have some good times ahead working with it. I also purchased a duplicator to use on it. So, when it comes time to creating multiple table legs or spindles for a staircase, I'll be ready to spin! My thanks to Karin Corbin (http://karincorbin.blogspot.com/) for her recommendation of this lathe.

8 comments:

Norma said...

George, you make me want to go out and buy tools! Probably a good thing I live in a small apartment with no room for such things :(

George the Miniguy said...

I'm at a good place in my life where I can afford to buy a few tools. I'm beginning to feel like Norm from the New Yankee workshop. If there's a power tool made for woodworking, he seems to have it! I'm not quite there yet! There's a LOT a person can do with the simplest of hand tools. I need to blog about that, because even in the tiniest of apartments, it's possible to do some terrific woodworking!

Norma said...

Oh yes please do!!

Karin Corbin said...

I have found some great buys on used tools for miniature making such as that Carba Tech lathe shown on my blog.

This evening I purchased a like new Microlux tilting arbor table saw that formerly belonged to a model ship builder who passed away last year. Not that I don't already have a 15 year old one with lots of sawdust time on it. How could I pass it up at a fraction of the cost of a new saw? I found it for sale in the local classified ads. I watch closely for miniature power tools.

Missy said...

I have a carba tec lathe and duplicator too, so I'm eager to see what you do with it. I'm so happy to find your blog. It's been such fun to read through it today! Has something happened to Norm Abram and the New Yankee Workshop? It's disappeared from my local station, and I keep meaning to look on the website to see if it's just my local station that's stopped carrying the show, or if it's gone out of production. I've learned so much from him that I've translated to miniature.

digiscraps3 said...

I love your blog!! I just recently purchased the same model of lathe as you have here. I am wondering how do you make miniature spindles? How would you get that wood to stay on there without breaking or falling off? Should I have anything special? Thanks for your help!

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George the Miniguy said...

With my Dremel mini lathe, I had some tools that allowed me to lock in a blank piece of wood that was a quarter inch square or smaller. I've not really played with anything that tiny yet with this new lathe, but hope to do so eventually. (That's why I bought the duplicator - so that I could do multiple spindles that are exactly alike.) The lathe it taking up valuable real estate on my workbench right now while I try to finish the barbershop and my walnut Victorian piece. So much to do and so little time to do it in!
Geo.

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