An unrelated assortment of videos I've had hanging around that had to go somewhere!



The Woodturner

My entry in our 2019 Club Challenge competition this year - never dreamt I would be making an automata piece for any reason but after buying myself a mini metal-lathe for xmas, this seemed like a great way to give it some exercise!
The competition was for anything that would fit inside a 500mm cube and follow the theme of "Motion". The lathe is about 1/6th scale and is made from Jacaranda with some Ringed Gidgee trimmings and a Rose Mahogany toolrest. The woodturner is carved from Jacaranda also, and he was originally just 'mannequin' style . . . until my grandson informed me that it wasn't right to detail everything else except his head! The bases are strips of White Cypress that were supposed to resemble floorboards . . ah well! The mechanisms were originally driven by O-rings but I had trouble with them slipping and the tension required to stop the slipping caused noise and all sorts of problems - much better now that it's all chain driven. Very happy with the little guy now!!
PS: Managed to pick up both the judges, and the People's Choice award with him - pretty happy with that too!



Milling Budgeroo

This is a video of my mate Jon's homemade bandsaw mill cutting up some Budgeroo logs I picked up. Does a very nice job with a minimum of fuss and very little waste.



Makin' a mess

I was asked if I would like some African Tulip that was coming down and thought it might be interesting even though I vaguely remembered someone telling me it was useless - but when have I ever taken someone else's word for it! When it opened up with cracks 6mm wide after just 3 days, I figured maybe they were right, and I had better just get it on the lathe for a bit of fun before it fell apart completely!



Not just a wood lathe!

I've always said the Stubby is arguably the most versatile lathe on the market and this little project shows another reason why. My mate scored a pedestal drill head but needed a pillar for it and our local club happened to be replacing their pedestal drill because it had a crooked quill - so the obvious solution was to combine the two, right! Problem was that the cast-iron pillar was 73mm diameter and the head had a 70mm recess. Nobody I know here has a metal lathe long enough to hold the pillar and the Stubby was sitting there doing nothing . . . so . . . .



Workbench mobilizer...

Finally got sick of not having a solid, flat work-surface for assembling stuff on so I made myself one but it turned out a bit heavy and I need to be able to move it at will due to my limited space. Set myself the following criteria and came up with a design that ticked all the boxes...
1. Nothing to kick the toes on whether it's on the wheels or not.
2. No modifications to the table - makes it easier to adapt it to other gear.
3. Want to be able to sweep/poke stuff underneath when the wheels are up.
4. Must be able to raise it from more than one spot - don't want to get painted in to a corner so to speak.
5. KISS principle to be strictly adhered to.
6. Must not cost more than $100.
Took longer to design than it did to build but worth the effort in the finish... 
Too see how the mobilizer is constructed, click here!


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