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Fred Agnir
12-04-2003, 07:21 PM
I got a bunch of responses for pictures of my mini lathe setup, so rather than e-mailing to everyone, I put the pictures on the web. Download them as you wish. They're relatively fine resolution, so you should be able to zoom in on them in your photo editor. Just remember me when you become great cue mechanics or cuemakers.

Speedway Mini Metal Lathe Setup (http://home.comcast.net/~ohagnir1/MiniLatheSetup.JPG)

Tip End in Collet (http://home.comcast.net/~ohagnir1/TipInCollet.JPG)

Rollerbearing-in-Plywood Steady Rest (http://home.comcast.net/~ohagnir1/SteadyRest.JPG)

Spiderman-style Chuck and Strain Relief Tip End Chuck Concept (http://home.comcast.net/~ohagnir1/SpideyStyleChuck.JPG)

Vacuum Relief Hole in Chuck (http://home.comcast.net/~ohagnir1/HoleInChuck.JPG)

Shaft in Universal Chuck (Spiderman-style Chuck) (http://home.comcast.net/~ohagnir1/ShaftInChuck.JPG)

Enjoy.

Fred

PQQLK9
12-04-2003, 08:36 PM
Thanks Fred, I enjoyed the pictures.

hadenball
12-04-2003, 09:16 PM
Hey Fred , you ever forgot and turned your lathe on with the chuck tool still in it? I did once then I spray painted it red gloss.LOL. Nice set up, what type of plastic is it you use for the collett? Haden

BLACKHEART
12-04-2003, 09:34 PM
FRED; when you have the crutch tip,in the head stock chuck, what is supporting the tip end of the shaft. I'm confused, because the bed of the lathe seems so short?????????????...JER

BLACKHEART
12-04-2003, 10:26 PM
My 1st lathe,is an old wood lathe, that I converted for Q work. I used it to clean & sand shafts & trim tips. I have pictures & an explanation of what I did. Anyone interested can e-mail me at <blkhrt4@insightbb.com>...JER

Fred Agnir
12-05-2003, 08:07 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote BLACKHEART:</font><hr> FRED; when you have the crutch tip,in the head stock chuck, what is supporting the tip end of the shaft. I'm confused, because the bed of the lathe seems so short?????????????...JER <hr /></blockquote> I freehand it.

However, in the "concept" photo, I'm showing a front end chuck that I'm going to finish off one of these days. It's a plastic wire strain relief. It has a grommet inside that will compress as I turne the top from 15mm or so down to... a lot less than any shaft. It's mounted in a rollerbearing. I have no idea how it'll work, but I'm going to give a shot.

Fred

Fred Agnir
12-05-2003, 08:08 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote hadenball:</font><hr> Hey Fred , you ever forgot and turned your lathe on with the chuck tool still in it<hr /></blockquote>Who hasn't?

Fred

stickman
12-05-2003, 09:30 AM
Just an idea: My first idea was just little more than a crutch foot on a drill motor, and a ready rest consisting of a bearing set into an adjustable wooden block. I was concerned about marking the shaft with the bearing. I worked in printing for several years, and decided to use part of a thin adhesive compressible rubber printing blanket to line the inside of the bearing with.

I know very little about lathes. I've looked at a few, but don't know if what I want, will do what I need. What type of chuck or how do you determine that the shaft will go through the back side like yours? I want to be able to make a similiar steady rest like yours.

Thanks Fred.

Jim

RedHell
12-05-2003, 09:38 AM
That was exaxtly my question. How big is the spindle hole on this lathe ???

Most mini lathe I've seen have a spindle hole too small to run the shaft thru...

I'll come back with picture of my Drill-Crutch tool-steadyrest set up ...

Troy
12-05-2003, 11:37 AM
My chuck key has a loaded spring to prevent this.

Troy
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Fred Agnir:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote hadenball:</font><hr> Hey Fred , you ever forgot and turned your lathe on with the chuck tool still in it<hr /></blockquote>Who hasn't?

Fred <hr /></blockquote>

Fred Agnir
12-05-2003, 01:05 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote stickman:</font><hr> Just an idea: My first idea was just little more than a crutch foot on a drill motor, and a ready rest consisting of a bearing set into an adjustable wooden block. I was concerned about marking the shaft with the bearing. I worked in printing for several years, and decided to use part of a thin adhesive compressible rubber printing blanket to line the inside of the bearing with. <hr /></blockquote> I tried this, and couldn't get it to line up well. I think others have simply lined it with cloth. I just stick a piece of paper towel around it.

If you want to borrow an existing idea, check out:

http://www.mudhole.com/default.html

and go to Rod Building Supplies.

[ QUOTE ]
I know very little about lathes. I've looked at a few, but don't know if what I want, will do what I need. What type of chuck or how do you determine that the shaft will go through the back side like yours? I want to be able to make a similiar steady rest like yours.

Thanks Fred.

Jim <hr /></blockquote> The chuck has to have a through hole. And the through hole has to be big enough to accept the shaft. I think someone else gave dimensions for the Speedway lathe. Now, the scary part is that while you're feeding the shaft through the spindle and consequently through the chuck, you have to be careful no to bang the shaft around and dent it. But, this might be a problem for every cue guy out there who uses a mini lath setup or even, say, the Hightower setup.

The three jaw chuck in my pictures came with the Speedway Lathe. If you don't know much about lathes, I urge you to find out some information before buying.

With my setup, I can do tips, replace ferrules, and do cleaning. I can thread to a point, but it's a setup that I'm not looking to do. As of this writing, the equipment I have cannot do a 3/8 - 10 thread.

Fred &lt;~~~ not in the cue mechanic business

RedHell
12-05-2003, 02:55 PM
Here's the different parts I did for my drill setup.

First, a wood form to hold my drill, notice the rubberband I use to secure it...

Wood form (http://www.rootshell.be/~redhell/DSC04370.JPG)

Then the crutchtool, sorry bad quality pic...

Tool (http://www.rootshell.be/~redhell/DSC04371.JPG)

Another angle of the tool, still bad quality pic....

Tool-2 (http://www.rootshell.be/~redhell/DSC04372.JPG)

And now, my steadyreast. I made it out of plywood, one hole, an hinge, a nail, a rubber band and 3 high-speed rubber bearings. It works very nicely.

Front side (http://www.rootshell.be/~redhell/DSC04373.JPG)

Back side (http://www.rootshell.be/~redhell/DSC04374.JPG)