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post #1 of 8 Old 02-28-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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School teacher full of bologna?

I'm a sophomore in high school and my favorite class is woods. We're in the middle of a lathe unit, and it's easy to tell the teacher is no master turner.

I asked him this morning (keep in mind I've had some lathe experience) if the shop had a pen mandrel. He gives me this confused look and says our lathe is too big to turn smaller projects like pens. He said, "It would be like building a picture frame with a chain saw."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the tail stock is adjustable so that you can turn smaller projects. Is he right or full of bologna?
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I won't call your teacher full of bologna but I think he is full of pickle loaf. The mandrel doesn't know the difference between 500 rpm on a Deltal Midi or 500 rpm on a Oneway 2436. If the shop only has one lathe it ought to have the capability of turning everything from pens to large bowls.







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Not all woodworkers are woodturners, not all woodturners turn pens! I ignored pen turning for many years before turning a few. After couple hundred pens now turn without a mandrel.

I use my full size Jet 1642 to turn pens. I know folks with bigger lathes (Oneways, Powermatics, and Robust) that turn pens.

You can turn small things on a big lathe cannot turn big things on a small lathe, but you ain't heard that from me.
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I teach woodworking and if you can get between centers go for it. I never discourage thinking outside the box, you never know what great things happen.
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For a second my heart stopped beating! I don't know what I'd do if my teacher saw this. Lol. Although, it may change his mind
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For a second my heart stopped beating! I don't know what I'd do if my teacher saw this.


I bet that would make it skip a beat for a second.





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I have heard that a lot though out the years, "you can only turn pen and bottle stoppers on mini lathes" so don't be to rough on your teacher, most shop teachers are great woodworkers and just like every one they have their favorite style, techniques, and aspects to woodworking, maybe woodturning is not his cup of tea. Thankful when i took shop, my teacher was more like Woodmaster123 and encouraged me to follow my interests in woodturning.

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School teacher full of bologna?

Like said,maybe he doesn't do pens and thats his way of avoiding trying to teach something he can't,or doesn't like to do.

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