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    DIY Ornamental Lathe - Rose Engine

    Our local woodworking guild sent out a link to the site below, which has plans for building your own Rose Engine using MDF.



    Thought it was an interesting machine, may have to give it a "whirl" when I have time. The plans and instructions as well as some videos are at the bottom of the page under "Make Your Own Rose Engine".

    http://www.ornamentalturners.org/index.php

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    Thanks Darren that is pretty cool.
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    I downloaded those plans several years ago and still haven't gotten up the nerve to try to build one. I think it would be a very fun and challenging project for sure. Not to mention the great things you could do with it.
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    There was one IndyFest last month. It was really cool to watch.

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    They look like very cool machines, and I like the results people can get with them. But for me, I like the free-form nature of freehand cutting on a lathe. One of the things that really appeals to me about the lathe (or at least the lathe stuff I tend to do) is that there is very little (if any) measurement or math involved. Ornamental turning, on the other hand, needs to be planned and precise. Heck, if I wanted planned and precise, I'd make furniture.

    I'll be looking forward to seeing pics of your ornamental lathe though, Darren.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I'll be looking forward to seeing pics of your ornamental lathe though, Darren.
    It will look suspiciously like a 4th axis on the cnc router.
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    I know this is an old thread, but I'm looking for help. I use to have the plans for this rose engine lathe. I kept it for years. A someday project. Today I was thinking about what I would like to be my next project if and when I finish my current attempt at an organ build. I know if I finish the organ and it works I will have the confidence to tackle building one of these rose engine lathes. But last big problem I had with my computer, I guess the plans was one of the files I lost. Anyone know where I could get them again, with out having to join another forum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    I know this is an old thread, but I'm looking for help. I use to have the plans for this rose engine lathe. I kept it for years. A someday project. Today I was thinking about what I would like to be my next project if and when I finish my current attempt at an organ build. I know if I finish the organ and it works I will have the confidence to tackle building one of these rose engine lathes. But last big problem I had with my computer, I guess the plans was one of the files I lost. Anyone know where I could get them again, with out having to join another forum?
    Was it this one Paul http://ornamentalroseengine.com/rre/
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    There's this one from Jon Magill...mdf version... http://www.woodturnersofolympia.org/?p=1091
    Plans etc above his photo...
    Looks like a cool project!
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