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Metal Spinning How to Part One -- Lever and Fulcrum

How does the metal spinner work?Most information on metal spinning explains the tools and the lathe rather than how to use them. This discussion is going to focus on the metal spinner rather than the tools and machinery. Not much has been written on how to metal spin, first because it is difficult and secondly [...]

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What is a Metal Spinning Lathe?

Metal Spinning LatheThe type of lathe used for metal spinning is similar to woodturning lathes. In our efforts to promote metal spinning as a popular hobby and professional artform, we have blurred the distinction between the metal spinning lathe and woodturning lathe, to the tool rest and types of tools used. This relationship [...]

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Pewter Egg Cups -- An excellent study in metal spinning

Here is a metal spinning project that will give you the most experience and that is also easy enough to execute and also lead to some real product development opportunities.  Looking  at the egg cup below you can see that the base looks very much like your pet's water and/or feed bowls. This project gives [...]

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Metal Spinner's Fulcrum Pin

From the same people who brought you "Earl's Imitation Mutton Tallow" is now offering their new improved "Sloppy Fulcrum Pin". On the new metal spinning tool rest that I sell, the fulcrum pin fits OK but you need to make an effort to move it from hole to hole. This is not so good because [...]

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Set-up For Metal Spinning on the VEGA 2600

Today I installed one of my early metal spinning mandrels on the VEGA 2600 bowl lathe.  Please note from left to right, Mandrel, red metal center bowl, follow block, and live center.  The Naval Bronze bowl is in progress.  The next steps would be to true-up the mandrel, anneal the Naval bronze. Please note pinch point [...]

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Using Your VEGA 2600 Bowl Lathe for Metal Spinning

I have had the opportunity to set-up and do metal spinning on the Oneway, Powermatic, and the Laguna REVO woodturning Lathes. All of these lathe had Ø 24" (600mm) swings. Now I have been given the opportunity to use the VEGA 2600 Bowl Lathe.  With a swing of Ø 26" (650mm), it will be the largest swing woodworking lathe [...]

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Making fun of Industrial Arts

The boys at MST3K make fun of Industrial Arts and the 1956 film "Why Study Industrial  Arts.  Here is the original film without the commentary.  While the film is 60 years old now, may I suggest that the basic ideas are sound.  Let's say we wanted to do a remake of this film.  I would be [...]

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The shop class stereotype has always been a problem for Industrial Arts

The shop class stereotype has always been a problem for Industrial Arts. The name has been changed many times to help with the public relations problem. The latest and greatest name is Career Technical Education. But the stereotype persists. The dumb kids take shop class, put the troublemakers in shop class. The educational systems has [...]

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Organization of the Workplace

For most of my life I have been designing and/or building things, however, I have also had a keen interest in the organization of the workplace. In particular, I had alway stuck by the distinct lack of democratic principles in what would otherwise have be touted as the most democratic country in the world. [...]

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Coca Cola Serving Tray and Cups -- Aluminium Bottles

Today I completed eight sets of the Coca Cola Serving Trays and Cups. These trays and cups were hand spun at the TechShop in Menlo Park, California USA using hard maple tooling also designed and manufactured at the TechShop. The set includes a tray, four cups and three Coca Cola products in aluminium [...]

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