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    Cool Glass lathe

    Two spindles hold two borosilicate glass tubes on centre and rotate them at the same speed in the same direction.

    I use various sized torches to weld the tubes together, shape them, &c. By plugging the end of one tube and fitting a blowhose and swivel to the end of the other tube, when they are welded to together this creates a 'sealed' tube, allowing the heated glass tube to be expanded (by blowing into the mouthpiece of the blowtube).

    Specs:
    44mm bore

    600mm between centres

    110 volt, draws 0.7 amps at 10 rpm, 1.4 amps at 30 rpm

    Fun and satisfying to build, this machine helps me a lot to weld tubes together on centre that I could never do by hand.


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