Ornamental Turning Book of Knowledge
Jigs, Fixtures, Modifications, & Improvements to Rose Engine Lathes

Some really great modifications have been developed by ornamental turners, and this is a quick reference to them.


MDF Rose Engine Amplitude Adjuster

This is the Amplitude Adjuster I added to my MDF rose engine lathe.

  • The "L"-shaped part is made from 3/4 inch square tube steel.
  • The pivot point is a 5/16-18 carriage bolt. It had to be extended out from the headstock for proper alignment.
  • The amplifying touch shown here is made from Delrin, but it could also be made from aluminum. (If using aluminum, a roller end is a good option worth exploring.) It slides up and down, and is affixed in place using T-track (like this sold by Rockler).
  • The rosette touch is a partially threaded, hex head, 3/8-16 screw with the head cut off. Part number 91257A636 from McMaster-Carr is an example.

Amplitude Adjuster

Pivot Point

Amplifying Touch

Rosette Touch

MDF Rose Engine Tailstock

Roland Hege posted pictures on the OTI forum of the tailstock he made for his MDF rose engine lathe.

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