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    Default Boring head Ball Turner

    Hi all
    I have an ongoing job that requires the manufacture of some brass and steel ball ends for handles so I have finally bitten the bullet and decided to make a ball turner. It's a pretty standard design so nothing new there but seeing as I don't own a milling machine...yet, so I had to do it all on the lathe. I thought I may have to get creative but it turned relatively easy.
    The tool used was sharpened on the 'Diamond Turning Tool' sharpening jig.
    It may be of interest.

    Phil

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    Here is a short video of it in action.
    I'm not sure if it should go here or in the Video section.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8Rp6VBPRHM

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    Hi Phil,

    That was an excellent build post. I have the same boring head but mine came with MT2, MT3 and Parallel arbours. I've added another round tuit to the ever growing list. Besides making balls, you can also make hollow hemispheres as well.

    While I remember, what ever happened to the "Whisperings" thread ! I enjoyed read those.
    Best Regards:
    Baron J.

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    Hi John
    my boring head was 'the right price' so only came with the morse tapered shank . I was surprised as to how smoothly it cut and consequently went nuts. It's super quick and easy to set up so the old drill press will be getting some new ball handles soon to.
    I haven't quite worked out how to do concave radii yet as I am having too much fun doing convex ones.

    You couldn't be more disappointed than I am about the 'whisperings' thread. I retired just over a year ago by my own choice though definitely not my preferred choice. In this easily offended world we seem to be in, it turns out that I was offensive to one of the young blokes at work. At the disciplinary meeting I was told that when I raise an eyebrow it is very threatening. That's what I was reported for. I was told to attend some form of counselling for my anger and apologise to the team. I just sat there with my mouth open wondering what this world was coming to. Management were serious so I informed them of my intention to leave and it a resounding "see ya". No word of a lie.
    Now I potter around in the shed, missing the best job in the world that I had, but at least my lathe doesn't get offended or feel threatened when I raise an eyebrow at it.

    Phil

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    Nice work Phil. I sometimes include "oil grooves" on my work too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steamwhisperer View Post
    Management were serious so I informed them of my intention to leave and it a resounding "see ya".
    You made it too easy for the b*stards. You should have made them work for it.
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    I've been known to raise the odd eyebrow too.

    It's a pity that the recipiant's brains are wired that they think "Death is imminent because he has raised his eyebrow", rather than "he's raised an eyebrow - maybe that means he is expecting me to rethink what I've just said/ done"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack620 View Post
    Nice work Phil. I sometimes include "oil grooves" on my work too.
    You would think that after 40 years it wouldn't happen but yep there it is.
    Taught from a very early age that there are no mistakes, and that a very good tradesman can come up with a reason why, in under a second.

    You made it too easy for the b*stards. You should have made them work for it.
    I thought about it but if they honestly thought that enabling the young bloke like that was ok then what hope did I have.
    I'm a little too 'old school' and would struggle to walk around on egg shells wondering if I was offensive

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael G View Post
    I've been known to raise the odd eyebrow too.

    It's a pity that the recipiant's brains are wired that they think "Death is imminent because he has raised his eyebrow", rather than "he's raised an eyebrow - maybe that means he is expecting me to rethink what I've just said/ done"

    Michael
    Welcome to the modern world of microaggressions and nano-aggressions. I haven't worked out what that last one is, yet.

    Sarcasm is now a sacking offence. They have trouble with irony though - as long as you don't raise an eyebrow or smile to give yourself away.....

    A lot of people are going to learn painful & expensive lessons in life when employers de-prioritise competence for cant.

    Makes me almost wish I was back in the workforce so I could take the pyss out of it all again. Almost......

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    And there are no winner's or looser's in competitive sports at schools any more ???????

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    Hi Phil,

    I'm really sorry to hear that ! I very much enjoyed your writings and learnt a great deal from them.

    I must confess that I do agree with Chris, you made it too easy for them to get rid of you. Raising an eyebrow ! it sounds a bit contrived, a put up job.

    Anyway on the bright side, I wasn't at all sure that I wanted to retire, but I'm glad that I did I've suddenly found that I can relax and spend time to enjoy doing the things that a working life prevented. True that it took a couple of months to start and get used to not having to follow a rigid routine.
    Best Regards:
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaronJ View Post
    Anyway on the bright side, I wasn't at all sure that I wanted to retire, but I'm glad that I did I've suddenly found that I can relax and spend time to enjoy doing the things that a working life prevented. True that it took a couple of months to start and get used to not having to follow a rigid routine.
    Spot on John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaronJ View Post
    Anyway on the bright side, I wasn't at all sure that I wanted to retire, but I'm glad that I did I've suddenly found that I can relax and spend time to enjoy doing the things that a working life prevented. True that it took a couple of months to start and get used to not having to follow a rigid routine.
    I'm slowly finding that now my boat is in the water. The workshop is clean & tidy for the first time in 10 years.

    Must be getting close to commencement of another long-running project. Fortunately I have one lined up.

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    Sorry to hear mate, some of the younger generation where brought up in cotton wool and never taught to listen and respect older people.

    Enjoy your home shop time and your retirement.
    We need one of those go fund me page to get you a mill, after all you have given us over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave J View Post
    Sorry to hear mate, some of the younger generation where brought up in cotton wool and never taught to listen and respect older people.

    Enjoy your home shop time and your retirement.
    We need one of those go fund me page to get you a mill, after all you have given us over the years.

    Dave J
    Hi Dave
    great to see that you are back especially after all the turmoil you went through.
    I am having a ball (pun probably intended) in retirement as I have started a small hobby/business restoring heritage machinery which the ball turner is for, plus anything I see around the shed that either needs or doesn't need a ball, it's gunna get one.
    Lets just say 'some' of the younger generation worry me.

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamwhisperer View Post
    Lets just say 'some' of the younger generation worry me.

    Phil
    Yeah Phil but karma is a bytch and you don't want to do anything to attract her attention. Living a happy life is the best revenge on ex-employers and PITA fellow workers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDW View Post
    Yeah Phil but karma is a bytch and you don't want to do anything to attract her attention. Living a happy life is the best revenge on ex-employers and PITA fellow workers.

    PDW
    Spot on Peter, that's the best way and I am enjoying it.

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