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    Vacuum Rig 1st Ride

    Well, I finally got my vacuum rig together, I guess, needs a bit more tweaking, but as I got the oil for it, and a vacuum gauge, I wanted to see how much it would pull.....

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    Pulled it as far as the gauge went, and four hours later it had not moved a bit, so I guess my vacuum rig passes the test!

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    Now I hooked up the flat chuck, and had a go, it only pulled 0.05 on the gauge, some leaks here and there, but I could not pull that bowl off of there, and I tired!

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    Nice to work on the bottom of the bowl with it completely exposed, easy as pie!

    With the gauge and other sundries involved, I might have $250 into the whole rig, not bad, I think!

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    looking good Stu I'm jealous.

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    Stu,

    Here's a little tidbit that I have learned over the years. Even if you don't use the tailstock when you first turn the tenon on the bottom of the bowl or whatever, bring the tail stock up and make a center mark, or indentation. Then when you place the bowl on the vacuum system, bring the tail stock with the center up and put it in the center indentation. This will help greatly with the alignment of the piece.
    Randy,

    Maker of Fine Lathe Tools & Accessories.

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    Looks great, Stu! I was wondering how it would turn out after you showed me your work in progress when I visited. Do you have a write up on how to construct one?

    Cheers,
    Gari

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    Yep, Randy, that is exactly what I did, I should have mentioned that.

    Thanks Gari, I guess it turned out well, as it truly sucks

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Cool setup Stu! I'm sure that'll come in handy!

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    Green with envy here, Stu. I gotta get one of those.

    Be sure to keep us informed. I'll be following this with interest.
    I may be lost but I'm making good time!
    Three Seasons Woodturnings

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    Good job, Stu. Glad to see it sucked. I gotta get me one of those, but first I need a lathe that can accommodate one, and before that I need the 220V power to drive the lathe. Once I get to that point though, I'll all over it.
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    Wow Stu, that is about as economical you can get! Do you have plans for a smaller drum type chuck? Then you can do natural edged pieces too. Of course, if you start turning more pieces with holes in them, you will need to grab the tape off the shelf!

    Bill
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    Great Idea Stu.

    When I have a hollow form with some voids, I wrap the form in stretch shipping film. Helps hold a vaccum.


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