Shop-made wood lathe

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Project by MyGrowthRings posted 05-11-2008 11:50 PM 7459 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was way too young and stupid to know that this couldn’t be done! More pics and details on my blog.

The good news is they worked very well. They were clamped to a bench, with the motor mounted on a board and clamped to the back edge of the bench. The belt was ridiculously long because it’s what I had on hand.

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#1 posted 05-11-2008 11:53 PM

Looks like it should work to me!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-12-2008 01:19 AM

Very nice. How does it work?

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-12-2008 02:12 AM

This is a very interesting project. The resourcefulness and talents present among fellow LJs never ceases to amaze me.

Thanks for the post. I will have to see the blog on this as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-12-2008 01:57 PM

I built a lathe something like this using a drill as the motor. Cut out 4 legs using it. Never say never.

-- JJohn

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 05-12-2008 02:01 PM

Looks pretty good, how well does it work? Did you hae a corresponding selection of pulleys on the motor side as well? Looks like you could have a good range of turning speeds with this set up.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 05-14-2008 03:11 AM


I love the nostalgia of homemade machines, tools and equipment. Kind of grass roots and makin’ do.


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