Drill lathe & chuck (for those without a lathe).

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Project by GeminiGuy posted 10-07-2010 10:01 AM 13879 views 15 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Need to do some small turnings so decided to make a lathe chuck and have it attached to a power drill.
Have seen others do it with using a spade bit to attach the working piece to others using a self-made chuck with wood screws driven into the piece to secure it. I settled on a chuck made from timber and aluminium, with 90 degree steel angle bar holding grub screws wich centre and attach the working piece in place. And it is held securely in place, don’t ever do things by half when it comes to safety, have it over-engineered and you can rest assured. Am using rasps to shape the timber, as I’m only going to turn small items, nothing bigger than a chisel handle or pen really, so won’t need to buy turning tools. Thie piece is centred along the centres of two power drills, had to make a drill holder for one, the chuck holding the work piece and a centre on the other drill to secure it in place.
So far, the first turning is coming along nicely….

-- Stillcruizin after all these years.. Greg, Melbourne, Australia.

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#1 posted 10-07-2010 10:52 AM

That’s a wonderful idea! Ilike the DIY chunk.
I’ll post today a simple version for the drill press, so there will be plenty of DIY lathe this week.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 10-07-2010 11:20 AM

This is very creative; I always love to see shop made tools. Thanks for posting.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 10-07-2010 12:53 PM

That is nice lathe and chunk.

-- Jiri

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#4 posted 10-07-2010 06:59 PM

I think I enjoy the tools and jigs that LJs create more than some projects.

Thanks for sharing this one!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#5 posted 10-07-2010 07:54 PM

this is a great idea
and if you have a wornout battery drill you can use the front part from that permenent :-)

Take care

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