I have been using these designs for about 3 years regularly at shows so they have stood the test of time as portable units, easily fitting into a car or small trailer along with tools, stock and wood. The Lathe and shave horse can be assembled in less…
The following document describes my version of a spring pole lathe that I use to turn chair parts, stool legs, dowel pins, tool handles and other items.
I wanted a portable lathe (which flywheel lathes traditionally are not) and used a minimum of modern fasteners. Simple lap joints and wooden bolts provide a somewhat less rigid frame, but it is lightweight and easily knocks down flat for storage or transportation.
This is a project gone wild due to a lathe in the shop. What happens when you try to build what could have been a simple kitty condo in a shop with a new lathe? 18 columns, a total of 158 beads and 19 balls, among other spindle fanciness, highlight the excesses resulting from a near total lack of design control. Let is hope the cats are impressed.
A mini-lathe packs some pretty serious turning capability into a tiny package. But just because they are small does not mean that you can set your mini-lathe up on a wimpy, lightweight stand. Just like a full-size lathe, a mini-lathe needs a tool stand that is heavy and rigid enough to absorb vibrations. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
So what goes into the making of a championship duck call? In the case of a Don Dennis call, the simple answer is wood, brass, a little cork and a strip of mylar for the reed.