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condeesteso

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I suspect you would need to replace the lathe with patience! Make a round blank, rough-cut then finished fixed in a power drill with abrasives, then forstner for the recess? Or find a local mate with a lathe. I guess the grain wants to run along the axis, if you get me.
 

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fraser":19lcdvif said:
http://www.theboardsmith.com/mahogany/Manogany-Foot.jpg

How can these be made without a lathe? Any ideas?

Also where can you buy the rubber inserts?

Many thanks!
For the rubber inserts:

http://www.componentforce.co.uk/category/35/rubber-feet

You could maybe bore out the blank first, on a drill press, using a machinists' vice to hold it safely, drilling with a forstner bit. Attach a bolt through the bottom to put the blank in a drill, mounted in a horizontal cradle.

Don't laugh... :mrgreen: That was my first lathe, using a Stanley Bridges drill and a cradle. :D

HTH

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I thought it would be a pain :) The round section isnt too much of a problem as I can use a router and a jig but its the whole in the middle I cant work out. I have nothing to drill down accurately enough all the way down a long length and not sure how I could hold a short length down whilst I drill through with a forstner bit...

Can't see the feet on the site but thanks for the link anyway
 

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fraser":1r23ly1d said:
I thought it would be a pain :) The round section isnt too much of a problem as I can use a router and a jig but its the whole in the middle I cant work out. I have nothing to drill down accurately enough all the way down a long length and not sure how I could hold a short length down whilst I drill through with a forstner bit...

Can't see the feet on the site but thanks for the link anyway
http://www.componentforce.co.uk/categor ... ew-on-feet

I don't know if they come in various sizes and colours. I would think so. If you want the 'ivory' colour, I should look at plastic feet.
I have some small, black rubber ones here, but they wouldn't be big enough, being less than 18mm diameter. :)

here's another link with the profile you seek I believe.
http://www.rosshandling.co.uk/buffers-stops-caps.asp
 

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Fraser,

it just struck me that the insert in that foot looks suspiciously like a common or garden door-stop, that's been sheathed in timber.
I reckon that would work as a foot. If a door stop is too long, then they are usually made of a fairly workable rubber, or plastic, and I think with patience you could saw through an shorten it.
HTH
 

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Fraser

Bore the recess for the rubber foot out with a forstner bit first, then use a hole saw to cut the outside bit.

The down side is that if you have a lot to make the will be a lot of sanding.

But you could then put a bit of threaded rod through them with a nut each side and put them in a drill at a slow speed.

Tom
 

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I thought this, but the other way round as your way you would find it hard getting the hole saw spot on.
I think this is going to have to be the way until such time as I find a lathe.
 
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