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Turning outboard.

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I wanted to try turning outboard. I took a piece of wet wood 7” x 9” x 18” long. I cut it half so I would have two pieces 3.5” x 9” x 18”. I cut one of those in half again so I would have two pieces 1.75 x 9“ x 18”. I ran the cut sides on my joiner so I would have a good glue joint. After it dried I cut an 18” round. I ended up with a 18” round by 1.75 thick. I mounted a faceplate on the front so I could turn the back flat and the outside round. I was very happy with the performance of the lathe. The motor had plenty of power. It wasn’t way out of balance but not in perfect balance and I had no vibration. The outrigger was very sturdy. The controls were always handy and I never had to reach around anything.
 

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Rusty, that is an interesting set up for outboard turning. With my Vic 240, the outboard turning set up goes all the way to the floor, and it is rather a pain to move the banjo, well, no real banjo, but moving the tool rest is a bother. Looking at that set up, at first I didn't see the under set screw handle. Not sure if the upper part would work easier with the traditional off center rotating round bar for tightening up or not. Looks like that set up needs to be able to go both directions with the long part, so standard lathe handle would get in the way if you want to drop your gouge handles... Play around with that a lot more and let us know how and if you would new and improve it.... Engineers, "If it ain't broke, take it apart and fix it anyway."

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Robo I am not sure I understand what you are saying, a lot of this is fairly new to me. The way it is set up in the picture I can drop the tool handle way more than I should ever need or want to. Everything can be moved closer to the piece I am turning if needed but it worked fine there.
 
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Rusty, that is an interesting set up for outboard turning. With my Vic 240, the outboard turning set up goes all the way to the floor, and it is rather a pain to move the banjo, well, no real banjo, but moving the tool rest is a bother. Looking at that set up, at first I didn't see the under set screw handle. Not sure if the upper part would work easier with the traditional off center rotating round bar for tightening up or not. Looks like that set up needs to be able to go both directions with the long part, so standard lathe handle would get in the way if you want to drop your gouge handles... Play around with that a lot more and let us know how and if you would new and improve it.... Engineers, "If it ain't broke, take it apart and fix it anyway."

robo hippy
I don't know if this will make it look different.
 

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I think I need a play date on one of them to figure out how that whole set up works.... Not sure if it is as easy to move around when turning a bowl or platter as the standard banjo. Guess that is what I was trying to figure out. With the outboard rests that go all the way to the ground with a heavy post, they are not suited for production work...

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I think I need a play date on one of them to figure out how that whole set up works.... Not sure if it is as easy to move around when turning a bowl or platter as the standard banjo. Guess that is what I was trying to figure out. With the outboard rests that go all the way to the ground with a heavy post, they are not suited for production work...

robo hippy
It moves just as easy as the regular banjo. Only thing different is you have the adjustable arm with a banjo on it so there are two things to adjust.
 
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I think I need a play date on one of them to figure out how that whole set up works.... Not sure if it is as easy to move around when turning a bowl or platter as the standard banjo. Guess that is what I was trying to figure out. With the outboard rests that go all the way to the ground with a heavy post, they are not suited for production work...

robo hippy
Yes and no, because of the pivot points. On the RP, with the slot in the end arm, it would be similar, depending on orientation of the work and tool rest. It can be confusing at first but with use it gets a lot easier to know how to position things. My Nova setup is similar, but only has 1 pivot point vs 2 on the RP. For production work, for a run of similar product, it would be very simple and easy, with minimal movement. Figure out where the tool rest needs to be, then how to move it for clearance to remove the piece and/or pivot the HS back inline. Probably loosen 1 pivot, move out of the way, then for the next piece simply pivot the rest back into position. It is much better than a ground supported type.
 
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I think I need a play date on one of them to figure out how that whole set up works.... Not sure if it is as easy to move around when turning a bowl or platter as the standard banjo. Guess that is what I was trying to figure out. With the outboard rests that go all the way to the ground with a heavy post, they are not suited for production work...

robo hippy
If you ever get out to West Virginia you are more then welcome to come over and play.
 
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I really want Star Trek Transporters.... There are so many people I want to have play dates with.... If you get out to the west coast, look me up!

robo hippy
 
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