Saturday, July 21, 2012

Vacuum Chuck

Just completed work on a vacuum chucking system. The chuck itself came from eBay, it's aluminum, with a sealed bearing and 3/8" tubing that extends through the headstock. Much simpler than the rotary coupler on most systems, but not as versatile. The vacuum pump came from Craft Supplies. The platform/backboard is attached to a small hand truck for portability. As it sits I can pull maximum vacuum of 24 inHg.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Vicmarc VL100 Lathe

A couple of years ago I purchased a bench mount Vicmarc VL100 wood lathe from Craig's List. It had an AC motor mounted on the bench behind it, and speeds were changed with a 6-step pulley. I had wanted to put a variable speed motor on the unit, and make it more self-contained. This is the result of many hours of planning, designing and building. It uses a Baldor 1 hp 3 phase motor, a Westinghouse inverter, and a homemade control panel. I bolted it to a Rikon universal stand, which had to be shortened by about 5 inches.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hollow Globe Ornament

Hollow Globe Ornament by alanva73
Hollow Globe Ornament, a photo by alanva73 on Flickr.

Black Gum Top and bottom finials, Ironwood globe, Applewood intermediate lower finial.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sharpening Station

Newly built sharpening station for woodturning tools.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Owl Nest Box

Nest box for use on trees. Design courtesy The Barn Owl Trust.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Maple Picture Frame with Walnut Accents

The picture in the frame is a copy of a post card of an old stocking factory from 1910 in Milroy, PA. The mat was made using a scan of the reverse side of the post card, including the stamp, post mark, and address, laid over itself many times in a collage.

Oak Playing Card Holder with COOP Playing Cards