Share picture of your lathe/shop area

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by jcooper, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. Fred

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    Hi guys. I'm new to the forum, but I've been lurking for awhile. I started turning in 1998. During the past 9 years of my addiction I've collected quite a few tools, chucks, lathes - you know how it is. It's great to see pics of other people's shops, so I thought I'd contribute with a few pics of my own. My shop is 12 by 24 feet.

    Note: the Union Graduate Lathe pictured is an ex-Richard Raffan production lathe. He said he has turned 30,000+ bowls on it. I have converted it to VS and restored it.
     

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  2. odie

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    Great to see you on board, Fred.....

    I like the way you have your space organized.....looks like it serves you well! It's obvious that yours is a well used shop.

    I'm curious about all those chucks(?) you have above your grinder. Can you show us a little more of those.

    Besides the Union Graduate, I see you have two longbed lathes. A Vicmarc 300, and whatever the other one is. There are quite a few turners who have multiple lathes. I can understand having one long bed to go with your U.G., but why two? Is this just because you happen to have two, or is there a special purpose for it?

    The Vicmarc 300 is one I've been interested in. Can you give us a rundown on yours......what you like and don't like about it?

    Originally, I thought you had a bowl mounted on the outboard of your Vicmarc, but now that I take a closer look, I think you've made yourself an oversized handwheel. Why did you do that?

    Great stuff, gentlemen.....

    otis of Cologne
     
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  3. captjim

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    OK. I have been lurking around for about a month without any posts except to suggest a couple of sources in response to posts.

    I returned to turning after a forty plus year hiatus (I made a rolling pin in high school).

    I purchase a 35 year old 12†Delta-Rockwell to create some “masters†of big game fishing lures I had rolling around in my head (After creating the master in wood, a two part silicone mold is made and then the molds can be used to cast the lures out of casting resin).

    Along the way, I stumbled across some Norfolk pine and some mango and decided to give it a go with traditional turnings. I quickly learned about catches and the need to wear a facemask. Some of those things can really shoot a long way. Bottom line, I was hooked.

    My neighbor owns a large tree service and he now alerts me when he has some good chunks available. When he finishes for the day, I just go by and sort through the chunks.

    When I decided to graduate from boxes and bottle stoppers to bowls, I mounted a nice big piece of monkey pod on the delta and the slowest speed on the step pulleys was nowhere slow enough. Scared the crap out of me with the vibration. Hence the new Jet 1642 as shown.
    I know wheels on a lathe are not recommended, but I needed to be able to move it around for cleaning. I purchased the Jet super heavy-duty mobile base (purported to support 1200 pounds) and then made a cradle out of 2-inch angle. I then bolted the lathe to the cradle and bolted the mobile base to the cradle in several places along the length.

    For stability, I added 100 pound concrete blocks on each end (from Home Depot) and created some supports from some leveling feet with ½ inch thread I had “put away for future use†by welding on coupling nuts to the base and another on the top with wings attached. A single turn of the support lifts the weight off the wheels and everything is nice and steady.

    I put a shelf under the bed of the lathe that slopes to the rear and into a trough behind the lathe. I can then sweep the debris off the end and into a bin at the end of the trough. As you can see, all of the nooks and crannies have been sealed off and the cleanup is limited to the outside only. No more shop vac into the hidden crevasses.

    I'll show the balance of the shop in a separrate posting.
     

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  4. captjim

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    Balance of the shop
     

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  5. Richard Baker

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    Welcome Back Jim

    Jim,
    Welcome back to turning after all these years. Bet you are going to love it, but you need more tools! I was similarly "gone" for about 12 years before rediscovering turning, and glad to be back.
     
  6. odie

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    You are a master of organization, Jim !.....

    Great shop! You must have cleaned for a week before taking pics! (It'd take me longer than that to get mine in the shape yours is in! :D

    ....odie
     
  7. Fred

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    Hi Odie,

    Sorry about the delay on the reply. When I first started turning I made the usual mistake, I bought a cheap piece of s... lathe, then updated to a more expensive POS lathe - several times. I figured I'd stay with turning, so the only real option was a new Vicmarc VL300. With only one lathe, for me, the longbed was the better option. Pros: Large size, heavy, smooth, quiet, powerful, good solid cam lock banjo operation, really good variable speed control, spindle indexing and lock, solid and user friendly. The knee stop bar is a great idea, I always use it. I have spent a lot of time turning on this lathe, everything from large burls to small boxes and I certainly do like it. My lathe is a 2000 model and has been trouble free so far. No cons that I can think of. I would recommend the VL 300 to anyone wanting a quality lathe.

    The reason behind the oversized handwheel (on all three lathes) is very simple. I find it gives me much more control over the spindle when fitting or removing the chuck/faceplate (ie hold the chuck still with right hand, turn handwheel with left. The larger handwheel is easier to grip and control). Also, it is easier to rotate the chuck using the handwheel with a large and heavy out of round blank to check for bed-tool rest clearance before start up.

    The second blue lathe is a Vicmarc VL175 swivel head and only comes in longbed. The attraction was the versatility of the swivel head. It's a good second lathe and has also been trouble free so far.

    The chucks... short answer - I hate changing jaws. I have a dozen or so (some new, some secondhand), all Vicmarc, each with a different jaw set (small to large). I find there is enough size variation to cover most mounting situations. It's just my preference. I'm always in the market for a secondhand chuck. Here in Australia, Vicmarc chucks are probably the most common quality chucks available. Pics below.

    As far as options go with lathes and chucks we have Vicmarc, Woodfast, Stubby, Nova, some Jet, and some Chinese knockoffs, maybe a few others. I'm not sure whether we have any US made lathes, I haven't seen any Oneway, Powermatic or Robust etc - possibly because the market is too small.

    Hope this covers it for you Odie,

    Fred
     

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  8. captjim

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    Thanks for the welcome! Normally you would be correct on the weeklong cleanup, but the ocean water has been cold (in Hawaii 75 is cold) and the fishing slow, the coffee trees have been pruned and fertilized and I was really tired of pulling weeds in the yard. So I spent a few days getting re-organized just before this thread posted. A quick brooming and I took the pictures.
     

  9. Boy am I glad to see all those chucks. I was thinking I had an overkill by having 6. I also hate to change jaws plus I don't remove a turning from the chuck until it's done because you never seem to get it mounted back the same way. Right now as I look around the shop I have 3 projects sitting on the shelf with chucks on them. Since I still don't have enough chucks for all my jaws I will need another half dozen. Thanks for making me feel good about my 6 chucks. Bob
     
  10. rjanema

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  11. Fred

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    Spherebob,

    Ah chucks - you can never have enough chucks. Too many chucks are just barely enough, that goes for gouges, skews, scrapers, and..., and....

    The Vega 2600, we don't see this lathe in Oz (Australia). It certainly looks tough enough. Does it work well and are you happy with it? Quick review maybe?

    Turff49,

    The stubby is made here in Oz. I haven't used one but I've looked at one without anyone to explain the swivel bed operation. I have a fair idea of how it works. In practice why and how do you use the swivel and fixed beds? Do you have any pics of it in operation?

    What's a Laguna LT16?

    Cheers,


    Fred
     
  12. Doc Ron

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  13. Maintor

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    Hello Turners,
    here my Lathe´s !

    It´s german Lathe

    1. Flott
    2. Kreher

    Great vom Old Germany
    Ludwig :p
     

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  14. AnnHerbst

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    Old turning shed

    Here are 3 pictures of my current turning shed. The 5 ft by 11 ft wing has the grinder, lathe, turning tools and some wood. (the 5 ft by 7 ft wing (right hand door) has the lawn mower and garden things.) This summer I plan to raize this shed and then raise an 8 ft by 16 ft turning only shed which will also have the band saw and drill press. (Wish my back luck!)
     

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  15. jarvis89

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    Thayer & houghton pre 1862

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    it has a 27" swing in the closed position and 47+ open it came with a 37" faceplate.

    Ed
     
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  17. captjim

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    Aloha Ann,
    Is that a three way off/on switching arrangement. Looks like a great safety feature. Did it come with the outfit or was it a retrofit?

    By the way, what part of Sonoma County are you located. I spent 19 years west of Sebastopol on Barnett Valley Rd.


     
  18. Donna Banfield

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    Do these count toward my shop photos?

    My current shop is the 2 car garage under the house. But we're building a new 2 story timber frame barn, which will be dedicated to our workshop.

    Site prepped and ready for concrete: http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o317/Donnaturns/Barn 2006/Barn2006001.jpg

    Concrete pad has been poured and cured. We're using it to keep the tracks level for the 18" Bandsaw Mill while we cut our beams.
    http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o317/Donnaturns/Barn 2006/SkiddinglogsAugust2006007.jpg

    We're cutting everything that we can - even our siding.
    http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o317/Donnaturns/Barn 2006/BarnSeptember2006005.jpg

    Dave cutting one of the first joints. We live in Derry NH, and this was done 2 weeks before Christmas. We were working outside in short sleeves; it's sure been a strange winter. :eek: :eek:
    http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o317/Donnaturns/Barn 2006/BarnJanuary2007010.jpg

    We're itching to get back out there as soon as this snow and ice melts! :cool2:
     
  19. charlie knighton

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    Donna

    i am very impressed, please post when more complete, i have a feeling yall might keep adding things as time goes by since yall have the ability :D
     
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