I have a customer who wants me to make some Christmas ornaments in
quantities of around 1000+ units. Each ornament would require five spindle
turnings the smallest being about 5/16 "dia to 1/4" dia and about 2 inches
long. I can cut these by hand with no problem, when I tried a duplicator
all I got was fancy fire wood. Since I don't want to even think about
turning all of them by hand, and the cost would be outasight, I contacted
some commercial turning concerns and they turned me down. Size is two small
for thier equipment. Also contacted WPMA and they told me "Good Luck" but
had no one they knew of. Any one out there have any ideas.
Yeah, that small a diameter, I'd be surprised if you could do two.
I've seen video of a dude who puts supports on the back side the a long,
thin piece to keep it from pushing out. They were nothing more than a
piece of wood, softer than what was being cut. Yeah, it rubs and there
is friction and heat, but not enough to worry about. It actually acted
to buff out the piece where it was rubbing.
I don't know what your margin is, but it might be possible the have a
tool shop grind the entire profile on one tool or bottom half on one and
top half on another.
You could crank them out pretty quick, like that,
just working your way down a long piece of stock.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Problem with any type of scraping is that it seems to be too much drag and
breaks the wood, actually twists it apart. The support you mentioned is
something I haven't tried but will give it a go and see what happens.
There have got to be a ton of turret lathes just sitting around
Time to farm the job out or start checking the used machinery dealers.
Since Warner & Swasey is long gone from Cleveland, should be able to
cut a deal.
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