Making A Better Lathe Banjo Pt. 2

September 21, 2016 0 Comments

Part two of the series starts off with drilling and boring the banjo mounting hole. Boring with a quality boring head is easy to do, but it can be┬álaborious if you have to remove a lot of material like I did. After finishing the mounting hole, I show drilling and tapping for the clamping bolt. The video finishes up with one of my personal bugaboos, slitting the banjo. If you stick around to the end of the video, you’ll see me point out a dumb mistake I made.


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Making A Better Lathe Banjo Pt. 1

September 7, 2016 0 Comments

I’ve never really been happy with the change gears set-up for my Harbor Freight 8×14. Don’t get me wrong it works exactly as it’s supposed to, it’s just finicky to the point that I never want to change it. Now that I have a mill and the appropriate tooling, I’ve decided it’s time do do something about it. This video is the first in a series that will document the changes I’m making in the hope of improving the change gear system. As unusual, I’ll post plans and relevant photos.

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Indiscriminate photos #6

August 21, 2016 0 Comments

Some shots from Jillian & I’s trip to the Monticello Railway Museum, where week took a ride on a train powered by a 100 year old steam engine.

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Making a turning tool rack

July 27, 2016 0 Comments

After the honeymoon and vacation it took a little time to get back into the swing of thing, but I’m finally back in the grove and knocking out projects. This project was a quick one to help store & organize my new turning tools.


Indiscriminate photos #5

July 24, 2016 0 Comments

Some shots of the dogs playing in lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park over the 4th of July weekend.

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