Scrap Iron Wood |Lathe #6: Attaching the motor and making accessories.

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Blog entry by bushmaster posted 05-18-2016 07:57 PM 2894 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The first time I attached the motor, a 1 hp industrial dust proof motor that I bought for 20$ and then Replace a 20$ bearing, would have liked more but thought this one was a good deal, I made steel blocks and hinged it on that. I rattled and made too much noise so had to come up with another plan and mount it on rubber bushings. What I came up with is rubber bushings in the end of a scrap shock absorber.

Then weld it to a steel plate using a dowel to line up the bushings, made tabs to weld on to headstock, also cut slots so the motor can be moved sideways for better pulley alinement.

Used blocks of wood under the plate with the motor and belts on to get the right position.

Motor attached, ready to roll but need it properly wired with a switch. But what good is a running lathe with out a tool rest. Was looking at a piece of grader blade cutting edge steel, nicely tapered in the backside T4 besides, what more would you want.

Cut out, ground nice and smooth, just need to weld a 1 inch post to the back and fill the bolt holes with body filler to make it look nice.

All finished

Then one needs a spur center for spindle turning. I welded a 1 inch nut to a disc of heavy steel, lathed it up nice and drilledl holes for sharpened concrete nails. This one should not slip.

Thats great but I really like to make bowls so would be nice to have some face plates. Again I cut a 3/8 disc and then welded a 1 inch nut to it.

Then just machine it up real nice, I used the The insert that I made in the second post for the hollow spindle with the faceplate screwed on so it would run true in the end use. The insert was later locked into the spindle with Permatex thread locking glue.

One is great but more is always better, saves time in the long run looking for the only one, drill a number of holes so one can use 4 or 3 screws or even 6. and a larger one with possible 12

That about does it, I think I will post a group of finished pictures to top off this blog.

Thanks for your interest in how I made this lathe.
Comments appreciated, and always welcome to come and try it out.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 05-18-2016 08:06 PM

More talent than anyone ought to have.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 05-18-2016 08:23 PM

Brian, this is looking great. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 05-18-2016 09:21 PM

More talent than anyone ought to have.

- Mark Wilson

Yup, what he said !

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#4 posted 05-18-2016 09:59 PM

Brian, the more you show us, the more one is in awe of your abilities…..TOP JOB!!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 05-19-2016 09:50 AM


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#6 posted 05-19-2016 02:54 PM

That’s fantastic. Nothing more satisfying than making your own machinery and tools.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 05-19-2016 09:27 PM

I like your shock absorber ends being used as vibration insulators, I will have to remember that one. Like
your method of making trued surface face plates, I used the same idea and made some large sanding discs
for my lathe. The use of a grader blade for a tool rest looks good, it should not wear and get rought spots
like the stock Delta tool rests do. Thank you for sharing the lathe build and giving us ideas we can use.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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