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Posted on Building a Lathe, need some ideas.

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#1 posted 05-22-2017 09:28 PM

internal bracing may be inadequate even with the ways spread further apart. Ship and car channel would be a better choice. add a support of the 6” tube under the ways with spacers to the way channels to allow blowing the sawdust out between to stiffen the ways. Buy a tailstock from ebay and make a riser block. double up on the headstock vertical. make the spindle 1 1/2” -8 a common spindle thread as well. I know you will have to make bearing plates but it is worth it to run a bigger bearing (2”)Even with a 5 hp vfd to get slow woth power you will want mechanical reduction (jack shaft) and for running in the basement speeds use a chain drive for a final drive that wont slip. then design for running direct with a belt for higher speeds.

The doubling on this is for a different purpose. yours would need to extend at least 3/4 the way to the floor to help stabilize the column. The cog drive on the front is for an oval turning attachment it is bolted in place and doesn’t turn. the bearing is mounted inside the tube in this case. 8” square tube.

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