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post #1 of 14 Old 09-19-2011, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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porch post duplicated

hi guys,
just wanted to share some photos of a porch post i recently turned for a customer to match an existing profile.

the blank was laminated from 12/4 african mahogany. 5 3/4" square X 8' long.

had to turn it very slowly to keep vibration down and get a decent cut.

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-19-2011, 08:18 PM
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That's awesome, man!!! That's quite the lathe you have, too! Very nicely done!

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Wow, nice job, that's gonna be a happy customer. Now how about some pics of the lathe.

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thanks guys.
here's a few shots of the lathe.

i did a complete tear-down and rebuild of the machine. it performs flawlessly.
i run it with a 3hp 3 phase motor with a VFD wired to a remote old fashioned forward/stop/reverse and built-in potentiometer.

it has a sliding bed that opens out to allow 10+' between centers, and a 36" swing in the gap.
a sweet machine indeed.

it has a spur center as well as several faceplates. and a patternmaker's compound can be interchanged with standard tool rest (not pictured.)

the spindle is a smooth shaft with a key. the faceplates slide on and there is an outboard handwheel with a threaded bar that draws the faceplate in. a very cool design.


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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice work and a Darn nice lathe. How long of a bed on that thing????????? Weight?????? Great job on the restro job.
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That is incredible. Very nice work and like everyone else said, that's an awesome looking lathe.

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Excellent work on the post.

And that lathe!!! Great restoration. Looks like it has Babbitt bearings.
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Excellent work on the post.

And that lathe!!! Great restoration. Looks like it has Babbitt bearings.
they're actually bronze oil-lite. they have felt wicks running through them and down into oil troughs. perfect shape, and a nice design.
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they're actually bronze oil-lite. they have felt wicks running through them and down into oil troughs. perfect shape, and a nice design.
I bet it runs smooth.
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Very good job of the post duplication and on the superb refrubishment of the lathe.

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Pretty obvious turning wood isn't your only talent. That is a very impressive restore job on the lathe. Can't stop looking at it.

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i think i remember seeing pics of your restoration in the past and its worth looking at again
very nice work on both
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Want to sell that machine?Looks great;Mack
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Nice lathe, a cross between a metal and wood lathe.

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