I am a hobby wood worker with some limited hobby experience in metal work. Designing my custom Rose Engine and Ornamental Lathe required quite a bit of research since not much information exists. You will find here photographs of my prototype Rose Engine and also design criteria, progress photographs and notes for my second generation custom Ornamental Rose Engine.
The Rose Engine and Ornamental Lathe will rock and pump with either same side as cutter or opposite side from cutter rubber contact with the rosette cam or cams. The rosette cam is easily changed and can be indexed within 1/2 degree to the spindle and work piece. It has a 16 inch diameter work capacity, uses standard 1.25¨x 8tpi chucks, and is easily transportable to another lathe bed. For ornamental design work, the spindle can be indexed to any combination of 720 positions.
The new and improved Rose Engine and Ornamental Lathe was ready for testing in early November 2007. I update this site as I make progress, particularly the ¨Fabrication Notes¨.