I GOT A LATHE at the right price !

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Project by kiefer posted 05-12-2016 10:56 PM 3166 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I finally picked up a used lathe for $ 35.00 but was disappointed when I put a piece of wood between the centres and realized how weak the square tube bed and tail stock are the bed just bent when tightening the tail stock .The lathe is like brand new and has been used once and I can see why .

Here is my solution to make this into a useable little lathe .
Cut down the square tubing length from 44 ” to 23 1/2” and fill the inside with hardwood for strength .
Reinforce the tail stock with some plywood in between the uprights .
Mount the lathe on a 2” thick base and add four leveling feet made from plywood .
Glue some sandpaper pads to the bottom cross brace of the tailstock to keep it from slipping when tightening .

That’s all it took and now I have a little lathe with 16” between centres and four speeds that I can put on top of my table saw and easily store on a shelf . The handles I turned for a couple of tool that you see in the pictures turned out nice .
Now I hope I don’t go down the slippery slope and buy all those accessory’s because all I want is a lathe to turn little things with like tool handle and maybe a small bowl .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 05-12-2016 11:00 PM


Great price, nice save.

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#2 posted 05-12-2016 11:10 PM

As always good thinking Klaus,congrats on your new lathe.

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#3 posted 05-12-2016 11:32 PM

Your cleverness has served you well once again Klaus! Nice find, great price and nice fix! Christmas in May!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 05-12-2016 11:58 PM

Nice SAVE!

I thought you were going to be joining the Pen Turning Group! :)

Have fun!

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#5 posted 05-13-2016 01:05 AM

Ahh, if this kind of common sense were only more common.
A simple, workable solution that gives you a good little working lathe where others would only have heavy junk.
Hats off Klaus and congrats on the new member of the family.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 05-13-2016 01:15 AM

First off, any lathe for $35. is more than a bargain. Some tweaking on your part in the right places and yes, now you are ready to join the SLIPPERY SLOPE HA HA HA. I’m happy for you that you found one. I see you are already enjoying making handles. Can’t wait to see your first bowl.
p.s. if you start buying too many accessories, let me know. I’ll just send you a bowl and you can save the cash.
Good luck Klaus.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 05-13-2016 01:27 AM

Half the fun of wood working is making jigs and making our tools work better.
We have the technology we can rebuild it better stronger able to leap- wait that’s a different channel???

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#8 posted 05-13-2016 02:12 AM

Good going!

Now on to the chisels! MONEY===MONEY for good ones!

I bought a H-F Mini just to make small stuff and like the smaller size for my work!

Handles can make nice tools from junk! I made some nice awls from the plunger rods from old sinks! They were stainless, I cut them off with a hand- hacksaw, then chucked them into a drill, ran it against the belt sander to get a very sharp point. Then using a piece of very hard fire wood I pounded them into the hole I had drilled into my handles and used super glue as a pounding lubricant. I did this about 6 months ago and use at least one of them; almost every day.

Broken up old screwdrivers can now be reshaped and re- handled to make lighter duty chisels too.

Happy shaving making!

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#9 posted 05-13-2016 02:51 AM

Congrats and nice save buddy

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#10 posted 05-13-2016 03:12 AM

Hey, Klaus. That was a heck of a deal. I was going to suggest getting some heavy wall tubing of the same size or a bit larger and make it a long and strong lathe. Your solution worked good if you can live with that distance between centers.

cheers, Jim

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#11 posted 05-13-2016 03:19 AM

Sounds like a good repair.
The price was right so putting few dollars nd time to repair it probably not a big deal.
Have fun turning.

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#12 posted 05-13-2016 03:45 AM

And so it starts. I can’t wait to see that first segmented bowl. Klaus style of course.

-- Bob

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#13 posted 05-13-2016 04:15 AM

You made a machine out of it! Lol, used to think I did not need a lathe for anything much but I did need a good drill press. Picked up an old shopsmith 10 er and it spends most of its time set up for lathe projects of all sorts. Lately I find myself watching the tool sales and flea market booths for lathe chucks, live centers, different gouges, bigger face plates…

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#14 posted 05-13-2016 05:49 AM

Does look a bit smaller now! Little bowls are fun, had my first mid separation the other day wasn’t paying attention and cut too deep in the middle, ended up with two pieces! Second end table completed and slapped together a couple of small boxes in between the Grand Girls!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#15 posted 05-13-2016 06:09 AM

You turned it into a workable lathe! It is funny to see that a bad made lathe is sold in great numbers all over the world. When you google FERM houtdraaibank you get the european variant. It is the same with a cheap scrollsaw. You can buy them second hand in great numbers. What strikes me is that in this case you actually only pay for the motor. For $ 35 and some tweaking you have a good functioning lathe. Not a bad deal.


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