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James Alford17/11/2019 08:39:57
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I am asking purely out of curiosity as I do not envisage ever doing any ornamental turning: is it possible to make an attachment to use on a standard lathe so that it can do ornamental turning? I am thinking more of the engine turning and jewelling than the finish with overlapping burnished circles.


Bazyle17/11/2019 09:09:47
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Yes. AS a start all you need is a way of indexing the spindle - eg use your change wheels, and a small spindle to mount on the toolpost - eg a dremel drill.
Plenty of examples on the internet.

Frank Gorse17/11/2019 09:13:48
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“Ornamental Turning” by T.D.Walshaw (the proper Tubal Cain,not the American one) has a chapter called ’Ornamental Turning on the Engineer’s lathe’ and is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the subject.

John Haine17/11/2019 09:29:27
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Or of course you can do it on a CNC mill ...

Vic17/11/2019 09:44:45
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Google Rose Engine Jamie. Here’s a link for one hit.


ega17/11/2019 11:07:49
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The Quick Step Mill or device with similar function will do some kinds of ornamental turning. The maker John Payne used to demonstrate this at exhibitions.

V8Eng17/11/2019 11:19:24
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There is a Society of Ornamental Turners who have a stand at some ME Exhibitions.

Work seems to go from jewellery size up to large objects and watching the machinery is fascinating especially as some of it looks very old.

I have put a link to the SOT Website here as it might have information on modding lathes:-


Edited By V8Eng on 17/11/2019 11:22:42

Derek Lane17/11/2019 11:20:04
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I have a set of PDF on making a simple Rose engine if interested PM me your e mail and I will send them to you. It is designed more for the woodturner but may still be of use.

Russell Eberhardt17/11/2019 11:45:57
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You might be interested in this clickspring video. He uses a mill but the same thing could be done on a lathe with a dividing head mounted on the cross slide.


Martin Connelly17/11/2019 13:37:09
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J. H. Evans wrote Ornamental Turning in 1886. This is now available in paperback form (1993) so you may be able to find a copy.

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James Alford17/11/2019 17:30:19
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Thank you for all of the book suggestions and the links, which I shall look at. I had done some searching already, but mostly found references to purpose-built machines, rather than modifications for a standard lathe. The Tubal Cain book sounds particulalry promising.


Ian Welford17/11/2019 18:59:33
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drop mark baker at GMC publications a line as they had a series showing how to adapt a rotary table, chuck and compound table to fit on a wood working lathe and convert it into a basic ornamental turning set up. I have the articles some where as I bought the equipment. last year to do just that but then events so far have prevented me achieving it

regards Ian

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