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    What do you do if...

    If the piece you are working on is longer than your lathe can accommodate? Why you line up your mini lathe and weight it down with an anvil. Add in a steady rest to manage some of the whip and there you have it. This is a ramming rod for the cannons on the Onrust and it is over 4 feet long. I had to turn down the shaft diameter to Ύ” x 2” long and add a 1.5” diameter head about 3” long with a taper down to the shaft size. Worked reasonably well. The gun captain was very pleased with the results.
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    What would you do if

    Now thats using the ole noggin,as the old sayin goes,where theres a will theres a way an it looks like you had a lotta will.

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    Well if it works why not!! Looks like something I would TRY usually ending in failure... -- ingenuity and a mix of practicality..

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    Hey Don looks like it worked. Nice thinking.
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    Great thinking but sure scary looking
    Aloha,

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    Really neat Don. Well done. Also reminded me to go back and check on the Onrust progress. Thanks.
    cheers

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    Good idea...........

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    Great thinking, Don! Necessity is the Mother of Invention, isn't it!!!
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    become so uncommon?

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    I thought of a couple possible solutions before looking at yer picture.
    Nothing I had in mind was nearly as clever as what you did.
    I probably would have abandoned the lathe and used a drawknife then fastened the head on afterwards.
    Cannon? Did you say cannon?
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