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Built this lathe using my old radial drill press. I can turn a piece up to 14" long. Height over bed is 10". Tail stock will accept MT2 arbor and live centers. It is heavy on drill press side and needs to be clamped down. Haven't tried it yet as I just finished it. Will be soon though.

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Cool reuse. I am looking forward to hearing how well it works.
 

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Excellent! The ingenuity of woodworkers is one of their best tools, and you've demonstrated that to be true here. Great build.
 

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Great build, Sean. I will be waiting to hear how it works. My first hunch is that it is going to be short on speed…..let us know.
 

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Pretty ingenious, but I think you're going to need a strip of metal on the tool rest to keep it from gouging the wood as the tools impact it. Still, awesome build.
 

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I've read that this can be dangerous because the chuck can fall off while turning. Maybe some of the more experienced guys can explain in more detail.
 

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Cool tool, what kind of speed control will it have?
 

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I like the idea! And you "created" a nice lathe. I,m curiously to the fibration.
 

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Thanks everyone.
The drill has 5 speeds ranging from 200 rpm to 2000 rpm I think. To change speed is the standard way for most drill presses. Will see if all works well.

I considered putting a peice of metal on the tool rest and probably will once I put it through its paces. If no serious damage happens then I will live with it.

As for the chuck coming off, I thought that some large lathes had a hollow drive shaft with a taper inside for this type of thing. I will keep an eye on it and let everyone know if it flies off. Am gonna make a test bowl this weekend.

No vibration doing testing but will put it through tougher testing this weekend.

Thanks for the comments/warnings/recommendations/advice everyone.
 

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Very cool…awesome job it looks amazing. I hope you are going to post the work you produce on it. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Very nice.
The only time I have a problem with the chuck coming off my drill press is when I used a large bit that wasn't perfectly centered. The vibration made the chuck come loose.
I don't use a lathe, but from what I have seen, there is a lot of vibration when roughing down a piece of square stock. Be careful.
 

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Very interesting adaptation,I also made my own lathe and I prefer it to my bought one because I can turn large pieces. Mosr drill presses have a morse taper to hold the drill chuck, but I guess you do not have a thread for face plates. Think awhile and you will come up with something. Great project.
 

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Very innovative… can't wait to see the project turned from it.
 

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Sheer Brilliance once again. It looks like you use a monster sized drill press. I've got to know, how big is it?

I'm with everyone else. Can't wait to see what comes off of it.
 

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Great reuse of a tool
 

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Thanks again everyone.

I am not much of a lathe persom but willing to try. I glued up a blank today and started to turn it. It is 10×10 x 6 and I roughly cut it round on the bandsaw first. I made threaded plate out of maple and put a 5/8 hole in it and threaded it. I used a 5/8 threaded rod chucked in the lathe. There was some vibration while turning it but I think that is because my chisels are dull. The weak link is my tool rest and it would vibrate slightly and move a bit so I need to come up with something better.

No problems with chuck coming off though. Main problem is the maple plate and tool rest.

The drillpress was a 22" craftex radial arm type from busy bee. It is not a very accurate drillpress which is why I baught a new one.
 

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Very ingenious! Looking forward to seeing the projects you turn.
 

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I guess I should have opened the older post first. Great job of re-purposing the drill press.
 
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