Monday, February 25, 2013

What I'm Working On: Looking Forward to Big!

Up until now, Wood Art for Living has been limited in the size of the pieces it can turn. The Delta lathe we’ve been using is a 12”, and so we couldn’t do anything bigger than pieces like these -- an 11 1/2” Claro Walnut platter or an 11” Cherry clock.

But, after the lathe decided to stop working less than a year after it had been in for a lengthy stint in the repair shop, we made the decision that it was time – not only for a new lathe, but also for a substantial upgrade.

The new lathe is a Nova DVR XP which will not only handle 16” pieces with headstock over the bed, but, as you can see from the picture, also has a rotating headstock that enables turning of even larger diameter work. It also has a more powerful motor that will make it possible to turn heavier pieces, so big salad bowls and such are a possibility.

We will probably start with some bigger clocks and bowls, using some wood that we’ve collected but couldn’t turn on the old equipment. Look for updates as we progress.

Submitted by Marcia Dresner at Wood Art for Living

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