Lathe Attachment for a Drill Press?

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Forum topic by jasoncarpentry posted 08-01-2011 02:09 AM 3514 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2011 02:09 AM

I’ve never done any any lathe work, and don’t really want to start at this stage of my life. My hat’s off to you “turners” out there!

Anyway, I’d like to do some limited lathe-like work, and I’m wondering whether anyone sells a headstock attachment for a bench-mounted drill press.

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#1 posted 08-01-2011 02:29 AM

I couldn’t imagine doing turnings vertically, nor do I know how safe it is. However, I do know Penn State industries does have a lathe attachment tool rest for the drill press but its mainly for small turnings like pens…

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 03:06 AM

Go Harbour Freight look at lathes Cheap and much stronger

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#3 posted 08-01-2011 03:16 AM

Before I got my lathe, I made a few plane knobs on a drill press. Now that I have a lathe (i paid less than $100 for it) I don’t know why I bothered.

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#4 posted 08-01-2011 02:53 PM

Oh just build your own lathe, it’s easy. A few blocks of wood some bolts a couple pillow block bearings, a couple pullies and a motor. It’s not the rocket science they make it out to be. Bodgers used to set up spring pole lathes far back in the woods with nothing but a rope and a couple nails and they turned out thousands of billets for Winsor chairs. You don’t have to spend big $$$$$$. Here’s an antique someone gave me see how simple it is. And this just has a bored hole for the headstock with no bearings. There are lots of plans out there for simple lathes.


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