A new life for a 1/4HP motor... is going to be a diy lathe! #2: change of plan, now a diy lathe and some parts for it

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Blog entry by FreddyS posted 07-04-2011 02:24 AM 46740 reads 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: first steps Part 2 of A new life for a 1/4HP motor... is going to be a diy lathe! series Part 3: Small work on the lathe bed and a case for the power switch »

Hi everyone, after some thinking and a lot of recent lathe work posts in a local forum, I decided to go for a mini lathe like the one in shop notes 73:

So far I got some of the parts needed to build the lathe, here are some photos:

All put together as a test:

I had some free time so I went ahead and did the drive and cup centers, the friend who showed me the magazine also has a metal lathe so he helped with the center points:

This was the easy part, now I need to adapt some parts of the plan to work with pieces I got.

I foresee some fun weekends!


-- Learning one thing at a time

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#1 posted 07-04-2011 02:43 AM

wow definatly keep us posted, i wanna make one too.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#2 posted 07-04-2011 03:39 AM

Very interesting. Can’t wait to see the finished lathe.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#3 posted 07-04-2011 03:39 AM

Another work of a genius. Thanks for the idea/s. Keep them coming.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#4 posted 07-04-2011 06:05 AM

Interesting, Ill have to keep an eye on this one!

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#5 posted 07-04-2011 12:49 PM

Really cool, cant wait to see the rest of the tour!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 07-04-2011 03:52 PM

You’re off to a good start anyway. Keep us posted pls. Looks very interesting.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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