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Question on turning long items.

I want to get into wood turning, as there's several projects that I'd like to make that would be made possible by a lathe. Here's the rub. I'd like to turn full length staffs. Total length of somewhere around 75 inches.


So how the heck do I do this?
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You would turn mortise and tenon joints in the ends and glue them up in sections.
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I"ve seen ads for lathes where you make your own bed out of a pair of 2x6's so I guess you could make a lathe long enough to turn 75". You'd certainly need a backsteady or two. I've never even thought about something that long ... don't know if it might be dangerous even with a backsteady since you can't put the backsteady on til you've turned down at least part of your billet.

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I went and checked and I was right, it's Conover that I was thinking of.



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Oops !

Uh, well, I remember looking at the Conover some time back when I was buying my first lathe, but it was a bit further back than I had thought about and I now find that Conover has been out of business for many years, so that wasn't such a hot tip after all.

Good luck.

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I turned a 60" spindle by placing my mini lathe next to my big lathe and then turning the mini lathe tail stock around backwards. I clamped the 2 lathes together with a couple of 2x4's. Then I made a wooden tool rest that went from the big lathe banjo to the little lathe banjo. it worked. It was 4" in diameter and I had a lot of chatter. A steady rest would be necessary to do any thinner.
If I had to turn very many of these I would buy a second bed for my Powermatic.
You could easily make a longer bed to turn thin spindles. You could make it out of angle iron because it wouldn't need a whole lot of rigidity.
I have turned a 4 foot lamp on a jet mini by using mortise and tenon joinery. I turned 4 pieces 1 foot each and put them together.
For canes or walking staffs you can buy a screw together fitting from places like Craft Supplies and Packards.
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