Monday, 17 May 2010

New lathe chisel handles

I finished setting up the lathe when the new rubber feet arrived which are self adhesive pads I purchased these to help absorb sound through the rubber feet instead of hearing noise on the bare floor boards . After my little oops (first attempt)of turning I decided it was through picking up the wrong turning chisel , I decided to put a few away for now till I have practised a lot more and regained my skill seeing it's many years since I did any turning. Most of the scrapper chisel I have are quite big from the two shown in the photo in another post here.

I decided to reshape the two chisels that were home attempts of turning by someone else although the steel tangs were Robert Sorby's, I ground one into a scrapper and the other reshaped into a gouge chisel and turn up two new handles.

Hunted round for some suitable timber to make handles then realized I had stashed away, above my head some old curtain poles they could have been a bit bigger in circumference but never mind the first of the two handles has turned out not to bad at all see photos. any comments welcome .

First photo show from left short length of pole before turning The new handle when finished in the middle the pattern which I copied from and on the right the two chisel which are to have the new handles fitted . the second photo showing pattern and new handle . The last two photos showing the finished handles and with tangs fitted as there are today and being used.

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Axminster lathe M950

Bought this from e Bay , The seller lived in Truro Cornwall, and I live in Weymouth Dorset luckily for me he works near Exeter and I have friends who live in Exeter so we met there.

Just wondering what you guys thought of it for value for money . I bought the complete lathe for £225

This is the Axminster M950,I paid £225 for it and the contents of the following four photos.

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When he turned up he had further extras with him as well, so lucky for me I had extra cash on me , he then offered me all the following chisel that you will see for a £160 making a grand total of £385. We settled for £380.

hamlet,Henry Taylor, crown chisel, Home made attempts and a set of hamlet chisels

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This is the only damage I could fine , I can't imaging why the gearing indicator plate is bent up and bugled like that? think I need to investigate further inside the head housing , apart from that slight damage I got it all bolted loosely back together at the moment just to get the motor running which it does gears all seam to be OK , so guys honest opinion please