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Location: Seattle, WA
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Since I bought a used Jet 1236 lathe in 2009, woodturning became my new passion. As a hobby woodworker, I enjoy turning bowls, plates, and other decorative objects. I also like to refurbish and build lathes.

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#1 posted 02-20-2020 12:10 AM

Recently I converted an abandoned K&T horizontal mill into a bowl lathe. The machine has an enormous shaft supported by 3 roller bearings. The front one is gigantic to resist high impact coming from metal cutting. After removing all the gears and power transmission mechanisms inside, I installed a pulley on the shaft and 3 hp-3 ph baldor motor, and VFD. The special feature of the lathe is that the bed (actually knee of the mill) moves vertically. When lowered maximally, you can turn 50 inch wide pieces. Therefore I named the lathe DK-50 (DK stands for David Koh, my name). When raised to the top limit, a 12-inch lathe can be installed on the bed for spindle turning using the tool rest and tailstock of the lathe.

The lumber piece turned for a test was 47 inches long. This new lathe weighs about 1,700 pounds, I guess, and therefore quite stable when turning out-of-balance bowl blanks. The last picture shows that DK-50 is way bigger than the green VB-36, one of the biggest commercial lathes.

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