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    One of the thigns I had planned for this weekend...

    OK, my Grisly lathe that I bought used came without a spinner on the tailstock wheel. The seller just couldn't find it, so I decided to make one this weekend. I bought the parts shown here at HD. The are all stainless steel. The wood is a piece of 1' dowel I had lying around.

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    Then I lost the parts. OK, no big deal, I can make the spinner, and I hadn't lost the screw. (I'd guessed 5/16 as the correct size, and it was not only correct, the wheel was threaded for 5/16.)

    So I set the dowel up on the lathe

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    and shaped it to something like I needed. Then I touched the skew to the end of the dowel to put a little curve on the back, and it exploded. Back to step 1.

    Steps two and three went OK, and I took off a nice enough looking spinner a bit shorter than I really wanted, but serviceable. I took it with me when I went to see a friend, and somehow lost it on the way home! Typical.

    So this afternoon I started over with the dowel on the lathe, and made a small pilot hole in the centre_

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    And inserted the big long 5/16 dril for the core hole

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    And drove it all the way home!

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    Then I got busy with the skew

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    And skipping a few finishing steps, it's attached and working. Just by way of bragging, after I finished with the skew I only needed a bit of 220 grit to make it nice.

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    Now, there's five minutes you'll never get back!
    Last edited by Roger Tulk; 05-04-2015 at 12:42 AM.
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    nice little fix, though I'm surprised it turned out to be 5/16" vs. metric. Looks good and I'm sure it's a big improvement.
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    Always nice to fix something up. What's the rainbow thingy on your chuck?
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    You sure had to work hard for this one, Roger. Let's hope there's smooth sailing from now on.

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    The rainbow thingie is a scrunchy. Girls use them to tie up their long hair. Turners use them to show where the spinning chuck jaws are to keep from painfully knocking their hands. The bonus is that they are available in many colors - whatever grabs your attention.
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    Looks good, Roger. That new handle will be very useful.

    I hadn't seen the scrunchy trick to see where the chuck is before. I just look for the spinning silver metal thingy and try to keep my hands from touching it. Never takes me me more than three or four times to zero it in, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    nice little fix, though I'm surprised it turned out to be 5/16" vs. metric. Looks good and I'm sure it's a big improvement.
    It is an American lathe, so Imperial sizes. The scrunchy is from LV; they call it a cuff. I figured it will provide some protection if I should bump a knuckle against the chuck, and it looks kinda cool.
    Last edited by Roger Tulk; 05-04-2015 at 02:47 PM.
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    Cool fix Roger...great being able to make your own stuff!
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    It took me a minute to figure out what you were calling a spinner...

    Good fix to the hand wheel... I've added wood handles to both of my lathes... the little 1014 had a tiny little silver handle sticking out on its hand wheel that didn't turn and you couldn't get any leverage from, so I replaced with a bolt and longer wood handled, then decided the big lathe would work better with the same fix... then I broke the factory handled that holds the tool rest in the banjo, so just added a dowel to the head of a hex bolt that would fit and that's my handle to hold in the tool rest. All the lock handles were too short for good leverage, so I added handles on them as well.... wish I could say it was my idea, but my friend here locally that turns with me occasionally added fancy ambrosia maple handles to all his lath handles... even sanded them really smooth and finished them with poly.... I didn't get so ornate with mine, I had some hickory laying about and used that, sanded relatively smooth and it was good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    It took me a minute to figure out what you were calling a spinner...

    Good fix to the hand wheel... I've added wood handles to both of my lathes... I didn't get so ornate with mine, I had some hickory laying about and used that, sanded relatively smooth and it was good to go.
    I didn't have a knock out bar for my lathe, either, so I took a piece of metal rod that fit and made a nice cherry knob for it. One time, the drive centre got stuck so hard in the socket that I had to whack it real hard with a hammer, and broke the knob clean in half. For now, I just use the bar naked.
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