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November 24, 2014

Spin your lathe turnings to a flawless finish

Spin your lathe turnings to a flawless finish

When applying finish to my lathe turnings, I always seemed to get a drip or run no matter how careful I worked. I decided the solution was to keep the workpiece turning slowly. To accomplish this, I made the stand shown, and mounted a barbecue rotisserie motor to it. I then installed a face plate on the motor’s shaft to hold the workpiece. The motor rotates the spindle at approximately 6 rpm, and the piece can be left turning as it dries without the fear of runs.

—Byron Manthey, Hutchinson, Minn.


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