I am starting a dedicated topic to this subject because this has the
potential to get very interesting as well as challenging, but it was
inspired by curt's find of a video on you tube of the rose engine lathe...
that video is one of a series of videos, dedicated to the rose engine
lathe... and from my perspective, a rose lathe is a high end ornamental
lathe but working under very close tolerances... certainly the tolerances
are greater than what we would work with when working with different wood
species... but it is my understanding that the rose lathe was used quite
often in the watch industry, thus the need for close tolerances...getting
back to the video, it shows a pumping action of the headstock on the "Y"
axis, which is typical on a rose lathe, as well as a pumping action on the
"X" axis... the person who made the videos, steve white, is obviously very
much into doing mods on his lathes...and what he has come up with is
certainly very interesting, complex and just "off the charts", as the
saying goes...with variations and adjustments that would seem endless...
whether this type of pumping movement could be incorporated into a legacy
machine or not, is an interesting prospect... could it be done on a legacy
within the tolerances necessary to make it workable on a wooden
piece?...again, not sure... but worth a discussion here and possible
consideration... and certainly impressive is the "wave" set up that a
number of members to this group have set up on their legacy... but this
pumping action puts things on an entirely different level...and then comes
the question, could it be done somewhat cost effective?... or is it better
to try to find a rose engine lathe?...and what would that cost!... and how
far does anyone want to take their legacy to try to achieve "holtzapffel"
status?, if that is even possible...but even a holtzapffel did not have a
pumping action in the headstock, I believe(I might have to take a mulligan
on that statement!...LOL!)... anyway, if you are into this topic, I suggest
you look at steve white's series of videos(there seems to be at least 30
videos!) on the mods he did to his rose lathe...very interesting
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