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here is my new bowl lathe

Postby robin wood » Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:58 pm

Or maybe its not new as only the bed and legs of the old one had worn out. After 12 years they were full of worm but then it was standing dead elm when I made it and the poppits are still going strong.

So I made the new one out of a nice curved ash, split it down the curve, one half for the bed the other for the curved legs. Seeing John Paul Rossi the Frenchman's lathe on here a while ago reminded me that there is no reason why we shouldn't make our lathes beautiful as well as functional. I would go to a lot of effort in making a chair to get a nice matching set of well shaped legs so I though I would do the same for my lathe.

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Tool Rest on Bowl Lathe

Postby Matt Jarvis » Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:58 pm

That looks very elegant Robin. I presume the long bit sticking out of the poppet is the tool rest. It seems very long or is it just the angle of the photo?

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Postby robin wood » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:28 pm

Hi Matt, that is the tool rest support, the rest is not on it in the photo but it sits on a little ledge cut in the other poppit where it is fixed with a nail so it swivels. The free end is suported on the tool rest support. Its long because sometimes I turn big things. :D
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Postby Matt Jarvis » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:58 pm

I just looked at this previous post that shows it well in pictures.

http://www.bodgers.org.uk/bb/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=437

I think my second lathe will have to be of this style.
Bowl turning is becoming the most popular activity for the Warwickshire group since Frank built a new bowl lathe from railway sleepers! Trevor Watson has come along a couple of times to teach us. Some members are making tools too.

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Here is the one I made at the last meeting. I think its White Poplar. Amazing the details you find when you get into the wood. It has a sun look about it.
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