Thursday, 17 October 2019

HAFCO WL-18 Lathe

While over in Ozzie I was asked by my daughters partner to give advise on a Hafco lathe which was for sale because he was keen to learn some woodturning.
I never heard of Hafco before so we decided to have a look and work out if it would be a suitable sturdy lathe for what he wanted.

The engine room has a set of pulleys with adjustable diameters which give a continue speed control from 500 to 2000 rpm adjustable with the handle at the front.

The lathe bed, head and tailstock all cast iron and sturdy enough for some reasonable size work.  Swivel head and outboard facility included and a good toolrest also.  The lathe package included faceplate and a set of woodturning tools in a wooden box with a stamped mark on the tools 'made in chian'.
This error print made me a little suspicious about the quality of the steel and they looked a bit rough on the edges.

The swivel head locked nicely in at 45 and 90 degrees and the extension for the toolrest needed to be attached when working outboard.
This extension was of a rather light construction and indeed it needed support with a stick between toolrest and floor.

After some ' negotiating ' we managed to get the sale price down to A$ 300 which was a pretty good price for this lathe incusive tools.

So after everything was installed we powered up and started making some spindles with plenty beads and coves praktising and a small plate done with the paper glue method because of the lack of a chuck.
The tools were not too flash and needed sharpening a lot because they lost the edge fairly quick but that was to expected also with this Ozzie timber which is a lot harder to turn compared to what we usually have here.
I must admit that I occasionally had trouble getting a clean cut before sanding and had to resort to some shear scraping techniques to reduce the fine ripples.
I spend a great deal of time teaching the various tool handlings and jotted down the info on a sheet of paper with drawings so he could use this as a reference when practising.   Anyway it was nice to be able to make some shavings while staying at my daughters and to be able to pass on my expertise.

Final word about this lathe; well worth the money invested but there is a tendency of vibration possibly caused by the drive system.
Lathe needs to be bolted down and when outboard turning toolrest need support under it.  Motor is a bit light to my liking I managed to stall it a couple of times so light cuts here I think.

Peter Aalders

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

September newsletter update

Southern Woodworkers Guild – September News update 19-09-19

Annual Exhibition

This year’s annual exhibition will be held at the Woodworkers Clubrooms .

The opening for Members will be Friday, 15th November 2019.  Members’ exhibits can be dropped off from 10:00am - 3:00pm on the Friday.
If you need to drop an item off earlier please arrange this with a Committee member.

The night will start with the judging by 3 judges - they pick best in show from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  Members arrive from 6:30pm and cast their votes on the different categories.

The timeframe for member voting is 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Members can bring family members along to the Opening.
 Votes are then counted and the exhibition opens with certificates given out for the categories and best in show.
 Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

On Saturday, 16th November, the Clubrooms are open to the public for viewing.
The exhibition will run from Saturday, 16th November through to Sunday, 8th December.
 Opening days are Wednesday to Sunday each week from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Please put your name forward for being rostered to guide visitors through the exhibition.

The categories are attached to this newsletter.  Please use this as your entry form for items.

I encourage all members to enter work in this year’s exhibition, even if you are a new member please look at the categories and submit some items.

You are able to enter 3 items per category so in effect you could exhibit 36 items of work - I don’t believe that has ever been done before but this year could be a first.

Rules of Exhibition

·         Work must be your own work.
·         Items must be finished in the year - note the word finished.  Some items have been started many years ago and put aside waiting for motivation or material to finish.
·         Restoration of a previously completed item is not a permitted entry - the Committee will look at this and decide if there is merit in adding this restoration as a future category.



September has been a very productive month with the electrician being busy moving plugs and installing new plugs.  The new plugs that drop from above will be of great assistance in keeping the floors clear of extension cables and reducing any tripping hazards.

The exit signs are working again and we can now get the W.O.F. for the building (and now that the runaway book has returned from its hiding place the inspection team should be happy!).

Thanks to Peter for the load of pallets, these are now being converted into firewood by the ever willing team so it will be good to have firewood for sale again.

With the finish of daylight saving due at the end of the month the Committee has decided to resume the Monday night opening and will still retain the Wednesday and Saturday sessions, so this will improve the utilisation of our building.  It is good to see new members attending and great to see them being helped by our members.  Just remember the workshop is there to be used and the more the merrier.

Lastly, do not forget the annual exhibition is getting closer and we should all be working on something to show the community what the Southland Woodworkers Guild can do with a few bits of wood.




The Committee has decided that with the warmer days and nights, the clubrooms will be open on 3 days each week, as follows:

Þ Monday                          7:00pm—9:00pm
Þ Wednesday                  9:00am—3:00pm
Þ Saturday                         9:00am—3:00pm

* commences Monday 30th September 2019 for Monday opening