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Old August 20, 2016   #46
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It's kinda fun, but you really need the tools. Given how un-handy most young'uns are nowadays, you should be able to get some for cheap.
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Old August 20, 2016   #47
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I have enough scrap tool steel around to make some of the cutting tools.
Here is my first attempt ever at this with not much to work with using a homemade tool.
Tomorrow is clean up day for sure.
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Old August 20, 2016   #48
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Got it all wired up and running.
The ball of wire splice will be fixed when I find the male plug I need to make up another cord.
The reversing switch is in the back of the machine mounted in a box and it is all properly grounded.
There isn't one place on the machine that doesn't go to ground.
The original wasn't grounded and at that time it was common not to have grounded outlets.

Now I am ready to get this thing out of my way.
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Old August 20, 2016   #49
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My Dad bought one of these back in 1951 to build his house. That one looked different from yours tho Worth. I do have some old photos of it. He built a few homes, a boat, a cabin and many sets of kitchen cabinets with it. He used it until he was in his 70's and then bought a Rigid table saw which he thought was great too. I still have the old receipt of when he purchased the Shop Smith and the dados (spelling and I don't know what these are anyway) cost almost as much as the Shop Smith. When he passed in 2005, a friend's husband bought it. That made me happy that someone I knew would take good care of that old Shop Smith. Good work Worth.
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Thank you everyone.
One of the reasons I put off doing the kitchen is I wanted to incorporate turned wood in the cabinets.
So I simply had to get this thing up and running so I could.
I love turning old piles of rust and wood back into something useful again.

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I've just had a look at the lathe 'in its juice" as we say in French, post 27. I think the horizontal part below the chuck could well be the toolrest if it can be moved upwards, downwards, in front and backwards, according to the size of the piece of wood.

Making tools will be a cinch for you. just pick up pieces of hard steel, weld them on a piece of
pipe to have a handle, grind them at a correct angle without overheating the steel. Old files can make good tools, 3 tools with one file !
Tools with a curved part can't be made at home, but you will just need one, to make coarse work on your piece of wood when you start.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity of being 40 years younger...
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I've just had a look at the lathe 'in its juice" as we say in French, post 27. I think the horizontal part below the chuck could well be the toolrest if it can be moved upwards, downwards, in front and backwards, according to the size of the piece of wood.

Making tools will be a cinch for you. just pick up pieces of hard steel, weld them on a piece of
pipe to have a handle, grind them at a correct angle without overheating the steel. Old files can make good tools, 3 tools with one file !
Tools with a curved part can't be made at home, but you will just need one, to make coarse work on your piece of wood when you start.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity of being 40 years younger...
It wouldn't go in and out so it is something else now.

Here is the a chunk of mesquite fire wood turned in to I have no idea what.

Maybe a wooden mallet or a meat tenderizer.

It was done with a skewing tool I made.
The skewing tool is from what I have heard the most feared but versatile of the tools so I chose to get used to it.
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It is my new garlic crusher and all around cracker to take the place of my old garlic crusher.
It didn't take long to relate this to food.

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Probably was getting close to dinnertime, too!
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I think it is a salt shaker Worth. Have you drilled the hole in it yet to hold the salt?
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That is a beautiful turned piece of wood Worth. I'm just surprised there were no borer holes in the mesquite.
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It looks really good painted and restored Worth.
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That is a beautiful turned piece of wood Worth. I'm just surprised there were no borer holes in the mesquite.
Thanks.

That chunk of wood was cut several years ago.
I do have several logs and chunks of the stuff.
Some has the holes some dont.

Looking at it reminds me of some of the wood turners we have around here and elsewhere in the country.

One guy was selling little bowls about the size of what you see for 50 to 100 dollars.
I asked him what he used for a finish.
Polyurethane or clear lacquer he said.
I came right out and asked him why he would go to all that trouble to make a fine work of art only to put a cheap finish on it.
The guy learned to turn wood but never learned anything about how to finish it.
I see this all too often.
I ended up giving the guy all of my oil recipes and information on japan drier to make things glossy.
If I ever got around to selling any of this stuff to be sure it will all have a have rubbed oil finish.

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It looks really good painted and restored Worth.
Thank you Salt.

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Nice work on getting it done Worth!! When i saw that piece you turned I thought it was a duck call, still food related
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