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Lathe Dancers - Do they Work?

#66996 by charlese » Mon May 17, 2010 7:34 pm

It has been since February and July of 2008 since we talked about lathe dancers. I had it my mind they would serve as a poor man's lathe duplicator. Do a forum search for Lathe Dancers and you will see the two posts from back then (2008).

Well - I finally got a round TUIT and an hour or so per day for the last few weeks did some construction and tried them out.

Didn't have any turning project in mind - just wanted to see if the dancers worked. So I drew out a template of what could be a pair of leg stretchers for a chair or bench. The Idea of dancers was an old method of duplicating spindles way back when turners didn't have better automation. Would this work on a Shopsmith lathe?? We will see!

Here's some photos - It will take several posts to cover the story -

THE DANCER SUPPORTS

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THE SUPPORT WITH HOLDERS (used scrap material

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SHOWING ATTACHMENT BLOCKS FOR SHOPSMITH these are from ripped 2X6s

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DANCER BLOCKS Hard maple 1"x1/2"x1/4" - 1/8" holes and 1/4" single hole - screw hole tapped, then "crazy glued" then re-tapped

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SINGLE BLOCK WITH DANCER dancer is a bamboo skewer - plastic Pick-Up-Sticks would also work

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Chuck in Lancaster, CA

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#66997 by charlese » Mon May 17, 2010 7:51 pm

MOUNTS SET UP ON LATHE (photo taken after turning so shows all the chips)

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TEMPLATE MOUNTED ON STORY BOARD WITH DANCERS SET TO SIZE

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NEXT THREE PICS SHOWING DANCERS IN USE (the lathe was turning when these pics were snapped When diameter is reached, the dancer quits dancing and bows deeply. This is why some of the dancers seem upside down

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CLOSEUP OF THE THREE LEFT DANCERS
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Octogenarian's have an earned right to be a curmudgeon.

Chuck in Lancaster, CA

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#66998 by charlese » Mon May 17, 2010 7:58 pm

The rest of the picture story - - -

THE DANCER JIG WORKED!!! NOW????? WHERE DO I NEED SPINDLES?

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--END-- Whoops! forgot some stuff - see post #13--

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Octogenarian's have an earned right to be a curmudgeon.

Chuck in Lancaster, CA

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#66999 by nuhobby » Mon May 17, 2010 8:19 pm

Chuck, that is really cool!

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Chris

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#67002 by easterngray » Mon May 17, 2010 8:58 pm

Fantastic! Nicely done - those are really terriffic

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#67010 by beeg » Tue May 18, 2010 12:29 am

[color="Blue"]GREAT presentation there Chuck. [/color]

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Bob

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#67015 by a1gutterman » Tue May 18, 2010 1:03 am

Very nice work you did Chuck! You are a true craftsman.

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Tim

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#67027 by dewey2me1mothyme » Tue May 18, 2010 3:14 am

This is a very interesting thread, and Kudos on a job well done. I need to come back and read it all again when my one active brain cell is more alert, I'm sure I missed some important stuff. Alot to grasp in here.

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wow

#67031 by fiatben » Tue May 18, 2010 8:51 am

That is a very neat solution. I like that it still requires skill on the part of the turner while solving the problem with repeatability. Thanks for the demo!!

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#67033 by efmaron » Tue May 18, 2010 9:17 am

Way to go Chuck, brilliant idea

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Eric, Sebring Fl.

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