Duncan Hoyle




An attempt to kick-start my output of wood turnings and make me finish items properly. All too often they end up stacked up on the bench needing a final 30 minutes work.

This blog idea was prompted by several friends attempting a 'photo-a-day' project for a year. Whilst a turning a day isn't really possible for me I'll aim for a finished turning every 2 weeks.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:42

Nova DVR Lathe Remote Control Box

See attached file

The Teknatool Nova DVR 3000 lathe had no facility for a remote control box and I think this is a serious oversight as turning large items, especially from the tailstock end, can make it difficult to reach the existing controls. I found the wiring diagram on the old MSN Nova group and produced my own.

The attached pdf document is my 2nd version and includes some images and a wiring diagram.

Although it's possible to get the wiring wrong apparently it isn't critical as the circuit is low voltage. When making my first version I got a couple of wires crossed and, whilst it didn't work, the lathe didn't blow up!


If you follow this guide and your lathe is damaged I take no responsibility.


In summer 2011 Teknatool announced the production of their own remote, which is wireless.

Sunday, 09 January 2011 10:15

Lack of progress

OK, so the plan of a turning every 2 weeks didn't work at all for various reasons.

This year I'll try for one a month and count anything more than that a bonus.


To start things off here are a couple of mirrors which I made as presents at the end of last year


Image Gallery

Sunday, 29 August 2010 18:02

Cop out?

I was away for 2 weeks and it's taken a while to get things in order in the shed, so I don't have anything finished (or anything new even started). I have produced something though and it's something I've needed for a while now - a sturdy extension for my sawtooth bits.

It's 16cm long x 2cm diameter and made from part of a length of steel which I was using as a hollowing tool. I already have others so I figured I'd sacrifice a bit of length for the drill extension. It was all turned on the wood lathe by hand and is reasonably accurate, or at least as accurate as I need it to be.


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