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    Free Hand and Ball Turning Tool

    This has been quite a simple, but rewarding build. The free hand turning tool has been designed for the Warco WM240B, but the idea could be adapted for most lathes. This would even work on a wood lathe for turning precise wooden balls or curves.



    Also, here is a close up of the free hand turning tool

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    Nicely designed and cleverly executed, Nigel!
    You could also add a profile / tracer attachment as these guys offer for just under 400 bucks:

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    Thanks editor@glue-it.com! We've added your Freehand Ball Turning Tool to our Machining category,
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYSwede View Post
    Nicely designed and cleverly executed, Nigel!
    You could also add a profile / tracer attachment as these guys offer for just under 400 bucks:

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    https://www.eccentricengineering.com...turning-system

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    that's cool, would be great from creating brass parts like the chimney cap on the traction engine, thanks

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    good one !

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    Good idea, what bit are you using to engrave slots in brass?

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    Ball turner?

    Quote Originally Posted by editor@glue-it.com View Post
    This has been quite a simple, but rewarding build. The free hand turning tool has been designed for the Warco WM240B, but the idea could be adapted for most lathes. This would even work on a wood lathe for turning precise wooden balls or curves.



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    Not so much a BALL TURNER as an end-radiusing tool. I wouldn't like to be holding the tool if I made a mistake and the cutting tool dug into the brass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob1275 View Post
    Good idea, what bit are you using to engrave slots in brass?
    Hi Bob, hopefully this video and a quick page on the engraving bits will help:


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    Many thanks

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    Maybe I'm being a bit over cautious in my thoughts but since this holder is not mounted down, I can't help but wonder if the base diameter to the height of the cutter ratio is sufficient to prevent vibration or the cutter gouging in too deep, I'll admit to having never ran a lathe with a smaller swing than 10" and most of my work involves a lot heavier turning.
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