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    Default I have to tell you something, because my wife couldn’t care less

    Today I figured out how to change the rotation direction on an old squirrel cage fan motor. It’s now going to power my garage-sale Monkey Ward lathe.
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    Default Re: I have to tell you something, because my wife couldn’t care less

    well, she doesn't know what she's missing!!!

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    I thought this thread was going to be about piles.

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    Default Re: I have to tell you something, because my wife couldn’t care less

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Today I figured out how to change the rotation direction on an old squirrel cage fan motor. It’s now going to power my garage-sale Monkey Ward lathe.
    I for one am waiting for pictures of the alleged lathe.

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    Beats the alternative!

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    It’s worse when they pretend to care. Sincerity is the hardest thing to fake.

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    Default Re: I have to tell you something, because my wife couldn’t care less

    I'd be careful.. a lathe is a squirrelley thing to to start with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathouse willy View Post
    I for one am waiting for pictures of the alleged lathe.
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    I'll be interested to see how you set this up.

    I picked up that same lathe at a yard sale many years ago - no motor, no stand, and probably a few other bits missing.

    With retirement on the horizon, I've been thinking again about how to make it operational.

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    Can you get actual monkeys to do the turning, and real squirrels to power the lathe?

    Now that piques my interest.

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    Exactly. Pics of the animals or it didn't happen.

    (Looks great, and I'm jealous )
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    That board it is resting on has some real 'character'

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    Will you be juggling with your lathe chisels?
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    You didn't need to reverse the motor, though that's a good-on-you thing. You coulda just learned to stand on the other side and do left-handed turning. Something to brag about at the craft fair.



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    I'm getting ready to finish my raised panel assembly for the porch, and intend to haul my lathe to the driveway to turn new stiles for the porch railings. I did the originals with a moulding head on the saw. Passable but crude in number-two-or-better Doug Fir. To borrow a phrase from Bob Smalser, they made my teeth itch. There are around two dozen. I'll probably turn them to a profile and make thirty before I get the twenty I need to match.

    Turning can be fun. It can be a meditative experience, getting in the groove, as it were.

    I like to listen to old sixties folk rock while I'm making spindles; The Byrds 'To Everything There Is A Season, Turn, Turn, Turn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMARTINSEN View Post
    Will you be juggling with your lathe chisels?
    If so, please don't post the "after" pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mahan View Post
    You didn't need to reverse the motor, though that's a good-on-you thing. You coulda just learned to stand on the other side and do left-handed turning. Something to brag about at the craft fair.



    Kidding, right?
    Not electrically, anyway.

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    Default Re: I have to tell you something, because my wife couldn’t care less

    My Delta bandsaw came from the factory with the motor wired to run in reverse. It took me a while to figure out why it was cutting so badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Taylor View Post
    My Delta bandsaw came from the factory with the motor wired to run in reverse. It took me a while to figure out why it was cutting so badly.
    It's your spouse that's the doctor, right?
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    Default Re: I have to tell you something, because my wife couldn’t care less

    Somewhere there is someone who operates a lathe of this kind by holding the tools on the bottom side of the turning work, thereby dumping the shavings at his or her feet. Which is why I never wear sandals.

    Did I mention hauling the lathe out to the driveway?



    I think I'll try to do it from the cockpit, the space between the lathe, tablesaw and bandsaw.

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