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    new turning technique????

    Yesterday I was looking over the magazine selection in a local store. I spotted 'TURNING' magazine. Had never heard of it before. But what caught my attention was the cover picture. The picture showed a guy turning a bowl from the front of the bowl. Not unusual you say? Well, he wasn't doing it with a swivel head or the end of the bed. Nor was he leaning over. How? Glad you asked. Well, he was sitting on, or straddling, the bed like he was on a saddle. Sure 'nuf it put him in front of the bowl. But, aside from looking strange, it looked pretty uncomfortable. And, I wonder, if the extra weight would/could have a bad effect on the bed. A cast iron bed might be strong enough to not flex, but, really, I dunno just wonderin'.
    Has enneybody seen/used this technique? Don't believe I'll be trying.
    Mine swivels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Yesterday I was looking over the magazine selection in a local store. I spotted 'TURNING' magazine. Had never heard of it before. But what caught my attention was the cover picture. The picture showed a guy turning a bowl from the front of the bowl. Not unusual you say? Well, he wasn't doing it with a swivel head or the end of the bed. Nor was he leaning over. How? Glad you asked. Well, he was sitting on, or straddling, the bed like he was on a saddle. Sure 'nuf it put him in front of the bowl. But, aside from looking strange, it looked pretty uncomfortable. And, I wonder, if the extra weight would/could have a bad effect on the bed. A cast iron bed might be strong enough to not flex, but, really, I dunno just wonderin'.
    Has enneybody seen/used this technique? Don't believe I'll be trying.
    Mine swivels.
    Did the guy have a beard?
    If so that David Ellsworth, he's been sitting on his lathes for decades

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    as said david elllsworth does it and i used to when i had a lathe with a bed

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Watkins View Post
    as said david elllsworth does it and i used to when i had a lathe with a bed
    Dunno. Didn't real the article. Each to his own, whatever works, I guess.

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    I saw that Mag the other day and thought a good way to get smacked where you don't want to get smacked... with my luck the bowl would come off the lathe and move directly forward onto the lathe bed. I've already taken one in the chest last week, wouldn't want one in the crotch that hit the way the one in the chest did.
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    I do that every once in awhile Frank. Just make some cuts easier. Never has effected the bed of my lathe.
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    Gotta say, it's really impressive when you see nearly 400 pounds of Big Billy Grumbine up there on top of the Robust! Saw him do it at Five Barns last year. Definitely cut down on the lathe's vibration!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Gotta say, it's really impressive when you see nearly 400 pounds of Big Billy Grumbine up there on top of the Robust! Saw him do it at Five Barns last year. Definitely cut down on the lathe's vibration!
    darn, I missed that one... must have been before Mark and I got there
    -Ned

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    There have been occasions where I've sat on mine to reach a cut, but I don't straddle the bed...I do more of a sidesaddle approach. I could always just slide the headstock down to the end of the lathe, but when I do that, I've got to move a mobile tool cabinet and my DC scoop, too. Easier to just hop on the lathe and get the cut done.
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    I guess you are talking about this cover
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