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23 Sep. 1974

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Before I had the lathe I would sometimes hand carve nose cones or turn them on a electric drill.
I can't comment on successes with drill presses or drills in general, but I know a lathe will give you balance that the other options may not have. Well Andrew if your turning wood on a lathe it doesn't really matter what size your fingers are. For BT-20 and smaller stuff I use minature lathe tools, needle files and sanding sticks I make myself. I designed a electric drill & Scrap wood lathe for folks that didn't want to invest in a wood lathe.

For BT-20 and smaller stuff I use miniature lathe tools, needle files and sanding sticks I make myself.
Although I just posted this pic on a new thread, I wanted to post it here to show some examples of nosecones I made with my lathe. Chuck the protruding end of the dowel into the drill press and go at it with turning chisels, sanding blocks, whatever. BTW, I meant to add: lathe the shoulder first, and when it fits in the body, wrap it with masking tape to protect it while you lathe the rest of the cone. Cost aside, it is very theraputic for me to watch a new project take shape from a simple block of wood.

I strongly recommend buying a LATHE, nothing else will suffice (no drill press!) do it right.
Most of my stuff came from Harbor Freight including the really cheap turning tools which I am presently replacing with some really nice Crown tools.
Also, go to harborfreight tools (online) and buy their chisel set (on sale for $5 right now!) You can also buy a cheap set of lathe chisels for $10.

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