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Thread: My Biggest Turning !

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    My Biggest Turning !

    This is the biggest thing I have ever or probably will ever turn on my lathe. It will become the mainsail winch for the Onrust which I am helping build locally ( www.theonrust.com ) This thing totally maxed out my Jet 1642, which is the 1.5 HP vesion. Obviously 1642 means you should be able turn a piece of wood 16 diamater and 42 long. However you have to figure in the drive spur and the revolving center in the tailstock and the height of the banjo. So in reality the actual capacity ends up at just under 12 diameter and about 38 long. Guess how big the piece of wood is ? 12 x 38 ! It took 2 of us to lift it onto the lathe. It started out at 12 x 12 x 54 and I knocked off the corners and trimmed it to length (only hit 1 nail !) It took 2 hours just to rought it down to a cylinder with lots of sharpening. Two friends from my turning club came to help as well as the 2 people in charge of the Onrust project who came to video and photograph the process. We had a lot of fun and it took a total of 3 hours. It ended up at just under 11.5 and 36 long including the tennons.

    The photos are of me and Mike roughing and me finishing up the tennons and checking the final piece. I was very pleased how my lathe performed. It never hesitated and the whole process went very smoothly. The Onrust folks vere very pleased with the results.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Roughing out 2.jpg   Mike roughing 2.jpg   Tennon lt 2.jpg   Tennon rt 2.jpg   Finished 2.jpg  

    Don Orr

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    Whoa Don, what a Beast that piece is!
    I bet the Onrust will really appreciate it once it gets installed as well. Great job!
    -Ned

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    Pretty neat Don, thanks for sharing that

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    Don, great project and your work will be part of it! Well Done.
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    11.5" doesn't sound that big, until it's right in front of you.

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    Don,
    Fantastic job I bet you were tired after that one.

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    Thanks

    It was a lot of fun and yeah, I was kind of beat up afterwards.
    Don Orr

    Woodturners make the World go ROUND

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    You just KNOW it's large scale when the turner is wearing a tape measure clipped to his pocket. Calipers are apparently too small.

    Looks like a fun project to be involved with, Don.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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    That is so cool, Don!

    What a great project.
    "Small Change got rained on with his own 38"

    Tom Waits

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    Great project. You will remember this one.

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