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    Off-Bed Turning

    As soon as I get about 500 pounds of sand under my lathe bed, I'd like to do some off-bed turning. I have a couple blocks of wood that are staring me in the face.

    Could you wonderful guys and gals post a picture of the tool rest set-up you use when turning large pieces? BTW I have a Jet 1642, if that helps.

    Thanks so much,

    Sandy

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    What does 'off bed turning' mean?

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    Frank - when I rotate the headstock 90 degrees and chuck up a piece larger piece than I could handle over the lathe ways . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Navas View Post
    Frank - when I rotate the headstock 90 degrees and chuck up a piece larger piece than I could handle over the lathe ways . . .
    OK, I do that. Just never heard your term before.

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    Okay, what do you call it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Navas View Post
    Okay, what do you call it?
    Guess I don't call it anything. I just swivel the headstock. But we can't say "swiveling" here anymore, the word has been banned.
    Don't ask.

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    I call it "Turning L-A-R-G-E"

    I've usually heard it called "Outboard" turning.

    I have seen some neat set ups, but the best ones, IMHO are ones that are somehow tied to the actual lathe, that way things just sort of "work" together.

    Bill Grumbine has some pics somewhere of a rig he built for his (one of his) lathes, that would be something to look at.................

    Bill where are them pics

    I looked for them, but could not find them.....
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    Hey Frank, 'off bed turning' is not when you turn over and fall out of bed. Hope this helps.

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