DIY Lathe

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Project by EMVarona posted 08-22-2010 07:36 AM 52930 views 23 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Amateur wood turning. I wanted to experience wood turning however getting a real lathe is out of the question. Since my intention is purely experimental I thought I’d make my own simple lathe with an electric drill. The distance between centers in 9 inches and maximum turning diameter is 3 inches. Grizzly sells a lathe with similar specs but then again there is the problem of importation. (I am in the Philippines.) This set up works perfectly well even if it requires more fine tuning as of now.

I’ve also assembled an small thickness sander using the same drill and a Master Vise. I’ll upload the photos when ready.

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

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#1 posted 08-22-2010 07:57 AM

Good for you. That’s just doing it!

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#2 posted 08-22-2010 08:38 AM

Impressive given the tools used.

-- Russ

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#3 posted 08-22-2010 08:42 AM

If we, woodworkers (creative people), want to do something, then there are no obstacles that can stop us.

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#4 posted 08-22-2010 08:42 AM

Very impressive problem solving skills.
Just using materials you have on hand and the brains in your head

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 08-22-2010 11:10 AM

Very creative and great use of Bits ‘n Bobs to solve a problem.
Well Done.

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#6 posted 08-22-2010 11:34 AM

I’ve thought of using a drill on one end but never a bicycle hub on the other. Consider it copied.

Nice to have another Pinoy on board!


-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#7 posted 08-22-2010 11:55 AM

I love it, you are a creative, and inovative man.
Thank you for sharing,

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

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#8 posted 08-22-2010 01:28 PM

Very ingenious, I admire inventive minds, I might even try this one myself. I have put dowels in the drill press to make them smaller with sandpaper, but never this creative.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#9 posted 08-22-2010 01:40 PM

Nice little experiment. Now, you might as well make a bigger one. It wouldn’t be that hard to do. Good luck.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-22-2010 02:09 PM

for the first try that ain´t bad at all
and I like your setup very, inovative in a tight corner :-)

and as helluvawreck say make a bigger one isn´t difficult for you
if you can get a small electric motor and ribband then connect it to this treadle lathe

you don´t have to make the footpedal but don´t forget the swingwheel

goodluck with the journey


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#11 posted 08-22-2010 02:13 PM

If you do a search for sop built lathes you will find several good sites that go into it pretty well. You can build a sturdy lathe almost completely out of wood.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 08-22-2010 02:54 PM

I;ll be darned…pretty good for a couple of bucks!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 08-22-2010 03:26 PM

I’m overwhelmed by the ingenuity of the people on this forum. Could you have found an old used lathe for a low cost? Possibly. But you can’t replace the satisfaction of making something from an idea and the accomplishment of following through to it’s successful conclusion.
Here’s a toast to you and all of you others who I admire for their “Thomas Edison” talents.
Great job.

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#15 posted 08-22-2010 07:59 PM

Nice clever implementation.

-- Galootish log blog,

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