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    I'm thinking of some fun projects for the lathe. So far I have a couple of ideas:
    A heavy gyroscope or top with a wrap on pull cord that will spin for a loooong time.
    Fancy corn holders with a tapered sharp thread that screws into the corn cob.
    Salt and peper shakers.
    Does any one have any designs out there already for fun lathe stuff? Web sites?
    I haven't sold my 19" X 54" WP davis lathe so I was thinking about loading it up on the trailer and going to Gas Engine shows and belting up to a friends engine and just make some fun stuff as a live machining demonstration. I'm feeling some responsobility to keep alive the almost lost arts of machining and metal working in this country.

    Any ideas apreciated.
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    How about a chess set of brass and aluminum. My intended project for my 8 yr old.
    Khanh

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    candlesticks, fireplace utensils, napkin rings, salt/pepper shakers, mortar & pestle.

    Brushed aluminum coated with shellac looks a lot like pewter.

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    Paper weights are cheap and VERY easy!

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    Try making some Darts..Back when "pogs" were popular, I used to make fancy slammers...Chess sets are always fun as well as checkers..

    Oh yeah, if you make some fancy garden tools your kids will just love to weed your flower beds [img]smile.gif[/img]


    brent

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    Still on one of the pages of my (three volume) list of things to do is the
    steam-powered model bar set. A small boiler and steam engine powering an
    overhead line shaft to which is attached:

    A miniature cement mixer to mix drinks

    A steam hammer for cracking nuts/ice

    A 'drill press' for pitting olives

    etc. ad infinitum.

    On a more realistic note, a nut cracker with a threaded preset (so the nutmeat
    isn't crushed) would make a nice metalworking project. How about a corkscrew?
    Can anyone describe how to cut a corkscrew spiral on a non-CNC lathe?

    Regards, Marv

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    For a corkscrew spiral why not turn a tapered piece like a scribe. Heat it up and wrap it around a mandrel. Then stick it in whatever handle you machined. I know it isn't a machinests solution. But it seems the most practical.


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