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best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Sam Slack (---.carolina.res.rr.com)
Date: March 11, 2017 04:32PM

I want to glue and shape cork pieces together to form flyrod grips. Will I need a wood lathe? And are there any cheap, but good, mini wood lathes to
fit on a workbench? And do both head stock and tail stocks need chucks to firmly secure a steel mandrel placed through cork stock (i.e. glued together)
like you have on a power drill? Has anyone ever made a wood lathe using a power drill on turning end....but how secure tail end ?

Since I'm not a woodworker haven't really known much about wood lathes. Thanks... Sam Slack

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.lightspeed.wepbfl.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 11, 2017 04:57PM

I have used the Flexcoat Cork Lathe for past 15 years and cant think why I would want to get anything else.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.lightspeed.wepbfl.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 11, 2017 04:57PM

I have used the Flexcoat Cork Lathe for past 15 years and cant think why I would want to get anything else.
Herb

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Chris Herrera (---.sub-70-199-145.myvzw.com)
Date: March 11, 2017 05:03PM

Hi Sam,

I made a very nice cork lathe out of wood. I made a cradle to support an upside down drill, and on the other end I put a wooden upright that has two sealed ball bearing sets pressed into recessed holes: 1/4" I.d. and one with 3/8" I.d. This way I can use two different sized mandrels.

I'm not at my shop, otherwise I would post a picture.

I have turned wood on this lathe, and actually prefer it to my "real" Jet lathe.

Take care,

Chris

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---.hsd1.or.comcast.net)
Date: March 11, 2017 05:20PM

Grizzly H2669 Hobby Lathe is inexpensive and pretty easy to come by. If you look at the picture you'll see the tailstock has a tapered fixture that fits the end of the mandrel which has a machined recess.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Jay Lancaster (---.triad.rr.com)
Date: March 11, 2017 05:36PM

Grizzly hobby lathe. There are other options, but the Grizz was inexpensive, easy, and more than adequate.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.adr02.mskg.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: March 11, 2017 05:54PM

If you have a drill press, sink a ball bearing with a 1/4 inch bore into a piece of 1 by 4. Clamp the 1 by 4 onto the drill press platen, or whatever it's called. Mount your rings onto a 1/4 inch mandrell. With one end of the mandrel in the drill press collet, and the other in the bearing in the 1 by 4, you have both ends stable and all is safe. Experiment for the right speed, then use 60 grit sandpaper to turn your cork grips.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Matthew Paul (---.lightspeed.milwwi.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 11, 2017 05:55PM

Flex coat Cork Lathe Set-up
I have to agree with Herb , been using mine for years and never needed anything more, have shaped any configuration of grip you can think of , is perfect if you have limited space also

The best day to be alive is always tomorrow
drodmkr

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: March 11, 2017 07:09PM


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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: mark brown (---.dyn.iinet.net.au)
Date: March 11, 2017 08:13PM

I made a simple lathe set-setup using a long machine screw and some clear tubing that barely fits in the butt end of the blank to make mandrels for each size of blank you are using. Expand the tubing with a nut so it bulges snugly in the blank then it is just a matter of putting a couple of holes in a sturdy cardboard box, sliding the blank in ahead of the cork blank then back the rear end out of the other hole and attach a variable speed drill to the mandrel. Toss the box out with the cork dust inside once you are finished.

I've made four or five handles this way, cigar handles for 4wgt and less and modified wells for 5wgt and bigger. I make them to fit my hand and they all seem to be larger diameter than commercial handles especially the 2 wgt but feel fantastic in the hand.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Barry Thomas Sr (---.hsd1.nj.comcast.net)
Date: March 11, 2017 09:11PM

Roger Wilson I do not see that many lathes here in a year!

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Sam Slack (---.carolina.res.rr.com)
Date: March 11, 2017 09:22PM

Thanks to all who have responded to my "cork lathe" question. I did not know about the Flex Coat Cork Lathe set up. I will follow up.
Sam Slack

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Matt Bregartner (---.msl-mt.client.bresnan.net)
Date: March 11, 2017 11:23PM

I use a dedicated wood lathe now after previously using a set up like the flexcoat one. Couldn't be happier with using a real lathe.

Harbor freight lathes are cheap and are the same origin as grizzly/etc.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Michael Harmon (---.mycingular.net)
Date: March 12, 2017 10:23AM

Never used the flex coat lathe, but I'm sure it works good. I use the grizzly lathe. No complaints. Works great and the sanding disk attachment works good for grinding down large guide feet.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Gary Kilmartin (---.sub-174-221-6.myvzw.com)
Date: March 12, 2017 10:26AM

I started with a redneck engineered lathe based on a variable speed drill. Ten, on advice from a much more experienced builder, I bought one of these.

[www.amazon.com]

There is a world of difference. This thing is more than well worth the price.

Beware! Turning is as addictive as rod building.

Beware again! I have more invested in chucks and tools for turning than I have in the lathe.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Jay McKnight (---.dhcp.aldl.mi.charter.com)
Date: March 12, 2017 10:56AM

Gary Kilmartin Wrote:
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> I started with a redneck engineered lathe based on
> a variable speed drill. Ten, on advice from a much
> more experienced builder, I bought one of these.
>
> [www.amazon.com]-
> Mini-Lathe/dp/B002FB74YM/ref=sr_1_1?s=power-hand-t
> ools&ie=UTF8&qid=1489328339&sr=1-1&keywords=Rikon
>
> There is a world of difference. This thing is more
> than well worth the price.
>
> Beware! Turning is as addictive as rod building.
>
> Beware again! I have more invested in chucks and
> tools for turning than I have in the lathe.

I bought the same one a few months ago to replace my old beat up craftsman. So far, I'm happy with it.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Ken Preston (---.opera-mini.net)
Date: March 12, 2017 01:02PM

There is a saying in Russian " I'm not so rich that I can afford to buy cheap stuff " . If you think at any time you MAY decide to turn something harder or mor resilient than cork (like wood or acrylic) go ahead and invest in a decent mini wood lathe. Roger (above) has given you several to check out. IMHO ANY of them is way better than trying to adapt one tool (variable speed drill) to another function. Sure it will work but it will eventually bother the dickens out of you.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: March 12, 2017 02:18PM

In addition, if you happen to be in a metro area, you may have a used tool shop close to you. There is a used tool shop relatively close to me, and I have found some excellent tools there over the years for a very reasonable price.

Take care

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.adr02.mskg.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: March 12, 2017 05:24PM

Ken, while I agree with you on the hand drill set-up, using a drill press is a very different story. It is quiet, smooth, easy setup, allows precision in the shape and dimensions. Not suitable for woods and acrylic, but works perfectly for cork and EVA. The cost, if you already have a drill press, is less than $10 for a bearing and a clamp.

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Re: best cheap lathe for shaping cork flyrod handles
Posted by: Richard Hahn (---.bltmmd.fios.verizon.net)
Date: March 12, 2017 07:38PM

I have a Jet and a Harbor Freight. The Jet is obviously best but the Harbor Freight is definitely more than adequate and works just fine for turning handles and a bunch cheaper.

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