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What is this turning process on the woodworking Wikipedia page?

It appears his right hand is holding something like a bow which I will assume is what is literally turning the wood. Yes, he's using a bow lathe, a turning method that goes back at least as far as ...
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Is it possible to make a combination tool?

This is what the Shopsmith brand tools are known for. They sell tools in a couple of different configurations, such as the Shopsmith Mark V or the Shopsmith Mark 7. Different configurations allow you ...
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Use of carpet tape for turning a bowl

I have read you can use something called "turners tape" to hold the bottom of a bowl to a face plate. In this video, Mike Peace demonstrates using turner's tape for holding small items. He ...
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Do link type V-Belts work in variable speed mechanism?

I had ordered a length of the red link type VBelt via Amazon. The order was cancelled and refunded for some strange reason whilst I was on vacation. So I reordered it again and it arrived the other ...
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Lathes and cutting machines: sharpness versus hardness

Hardness and sharpness are two distinct attributes that can be applied to these devices and/or materials. The instrument maker is off-base if he considers that sharpness is not important or a factor ...
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Is the MT2 Arbor for a Drill Chuck milled incorrectly?

A Morse taper (MT) drill chuck arbor like this has two tapers; one is the Morse taper, and the other is the chuck taper, generally a Jacobs taper (JT). It looks like you have two problems. The Jacobs ...
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Are any big shop tools manufactured in the USA?

Shopsmith (http://www.shopsmith.com/) is one that comes to mind. http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/tools.html#Woodworking may have others.
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How can I change speeds on my old lathe?

I have the same lathe. I don't know how the previous owner changed speeds, as it was screwed to the workbench. When I got it home, I built a stand for it. I mounted the motor on a 2x6, which i ...
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Sanding with lathe turning

Ah an interesting question. The first part, 'Should speed be increased as a finer grit is used' Generally once I've finished turning a piece I do increase the speed a bit for the sanding and I ...
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Is this table saw lathe jig safe?

Well, aside from the addition of the cordless drill to turn the stock, how is this different from cutting cove with a tablesaw? That's a time honored technique where the stock is pushed on a vector ...
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Any experience/advice re treadle lathes?

Saint Roy is on it. The thing about treadle lathes is that the piece rotates in two different directions, so you'll need to use a different technique to keep the tool from gouging into the work when ...
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How can I change speeds on my old lathe?

My lathe is similar, though not identical, so this may not apply, but so long as you don't have too much tension on the belt, you shouldn't need tools and you shouldn't need to loosen and shift the ...
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What is this lathe tool that helps me copy a turned object?

That looks quite similar to the CopyTurn - which, as you'll see, is $385 AUD. Anything substantially less than that and you'll find it's something cheap/homemade/flimsy like this or this Everything ...
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Wood Lathe Safety Drive Center: Correct Usage?

Friction drives allow the tail center to adjust the tension and allow or constrain spinning of the drive in reference to the blank. The drive is actually the outer rim, not the inner point. The ...
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Identification of vintage wood lathe tail stock with 1/2-20 threaded arbor

After a bit of research, I found that many impact drills also use a 1/2-20 thread to attach the chuck. I guess that due to the nature of what you're doing with an impact drill the chuck has a limited ...
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Drilling conical holes into Wood (Lathe)

I was thinking of using a narrow drill for the entire depth of the hole and a wider drill for the first 1-2mm It'd probably be best to do the whole operation on the lathe. That'll ensure that the ...
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How to make LARGE wooden dowels?

I've tried building a rounder plane and failed, I can't seem to get it to cut... That could be troubleshot1 but actually you don't need a rounding plane to make dowels. They can certainly help ...
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Sanding with lathe turning

There's no definitive answer to either of these. It's not just that you'll get differing opinions from various turners on a question like this but that the other variables such as species and abrasive ...
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How does a traditional bow-lathe work?

In the video, it looks like one center is fixed (headstock) and the other center is adjustable (tailstock). I would guess there's some friction in the tailstock (it probably has a tenon that fits ...
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I made a pepper mill. The top is not concentric with the bottom. How do I correct this?

Is it possible to fix this? Put the top into the base chuck it firmly into the lathe turn the top so it's now concentric I'm not sure that this is be recommended, however. I believe it's extremely ...
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how do you transfer diameter from caliper to cylinder?

Spin the piece on the lathe and put a pencil as close to the center as you can. This should draw a small circle. Set a compass to the desired radius (half the diameter). With the piece stationary ...
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Is the MT2 Arbor for a Drill Chuck milled incorrectly?

Yes it is oversize, the black band should be just proud of the chuck. If the chuck is too far from the shoulder you will have trouble removing adapter with wedges. Send it back, try again
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Is it possible to make a combination tool?

Drills operate at a much slower (factor of 10) rotational speed than routers (~28,000 rpm for routers, ~3000 rpm for drill presses; both should be slower for larger bits). It's therefore not possible (...
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How to use this type of chuck without grooves/teeth?

It is hard to tell from the picture if the jaws have any angle to them to support being attached to a dovetail spigot or not (see Getting a Grip on Four-Jaw Lathe Chucks); and event the description on ...
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How to use this type of chuck without grooves/teeth?

Each jaw has 4 teeth - 3 stepped ones on the inside and one large one on the outside. Still, it's more of a metalworking chuck that can be used for limited woodworking tasks than a dedicated ...
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Does a 3/4x16tpi for a 5/8 plain spindle adapter exist?

Not a true answer to your question, however you say that your lathe spindle is plain (I take to mean unthreaded). Any spindle adaptor would therefore need a grub screw or similar to secure it. It ...
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What is this lathe tool that helps me copy a turned object?

You can mount your pattern piece on the lathe, and position a lamp in a fixed location somewhere above the lathe. Then trace thepattern's shadow on a piece of paper below. Then you keep the lamp on ...
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Are any big shop tools manufactured in the USA?

Robust wood lathes. Guaranteed 85% American made. http://www.turnrobust.com/
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Are any big shop tools manufactured in the USA?

Oneway Manufacturing, makers of what are arguably the most coveted and appreciated, (maybe the most expensive, too) wood lathes in the world, claim that all of their employees are in North America. (...
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Lathe Semi-Automation

The problem that you describe is common in spindle turning when the turning piece is too flexible. A condition referred to as whipping occurs when you press your too into the workpiece it flexes or ...
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