Chris S

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  1. I am not sure what the ring closet to the stick is because I don't specialize in bows but I think I know what you mean. High speed steel is probably a good suggestion. But always consider that you can grind all sorts of shapes from old files too. Small needle files can be ground into some specialized shapes. If you are using them for wood you can get away with more than you can with steel or other metals. These ground files can be inserted into the tailstock chuck . There is an awful lot of improvising that can be done with lathes. I always do and I really don't worry about feed rates and angles and many of the things that require a technical background. Steel requires a precision that wood does not. Experience will show you. I often use plastics too.
  2. I'm really pleased you decided to get one of these lathes. You will not be disappointed. I have used mine extensively.
  3. Joseph Priestley, the English chemist from the late 1700 s said the following : "Hypotheses , while they are considered merely as such, lead persons to try a variety of experiments, in order to ascertain them. In these experiments, new facts generally arise. These new facts serve to correct the hypotheses which gave rise to them. The theory thus corrected, serves to discover more new facts ; which, as before, bring the theory still nearer to the truth. "
  4. Actually I was not suggesting that the the arching was catenary in shape. Only the outline .....
  5. Hi Jeff, I strongly recommend looking up the Taig lathe. They are made in the USA. Very high quality . They are small , but versatile , and incredibly capable little machines. I have had mine for many years now . I use a Lentze variable speed drive and and can get forward and reverse , at many different speeds. They are made in Pheonix , Arizona. They are not expensive. If you are anywhere near Oregon look up Nick Carter's Taig lathe site. It is full of information, and shows hundreds of modifications and uses for the Taig. As Nick says .... I like the style and utility of these wonderful little machines. They have their limitations , but any good workman can do wonders if they understand their limitations. Nick is a really nice guy and will always answer any questions promptly and knowledgeably. He has numerous pictures of Taig users and their modifications of their lathes. They dont come with a lead screw but you can put one on if you wish. They are accurately made machine that work within fine tolerances. They are excellent for beginners and accomplished machinists. I dont think any luthier should be without one. Regards.....
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    Chris S

    "Grinds your gears " .... I like that.