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Forum topic by Astreja posted 07-12-2021 04:10 AM 619 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Astreja

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07-12-2021 04:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe miniature

This may sound a bit odd, but I need to cobble together a lathe in order to turn a miniature telescope.

For a toy badger named RogerBadgerBaxter, no less.

Roger sits on the windowsill in my study, his head upturned as if looking at the moon and stars, and one day I looked at him and thought, “This guy needs a telescope.”

What I want to do is take a short piece of dowel (probably about 6”) and carve away everything that doesn’t look like an antique refractor telescope, and a lathe seems like the logical way to do this. Is there a way to re-purpose a drill or a Dremel tool to make it it into a lathe?


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#1 posted 07-12-2021 04:15 AM

yes, but do you have a drill press? if not the something like this
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7gTRuCgDSPc

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#2 posted 07-12-2021 04:18 AM

Google is your friend. First couple of results:

One Minute Workbench video: DIY Drill Powered Lathe
or this one from Izzy Swan: How to make a mini lathe in 10 minutes

Plenty more out there…

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 07-12-2021 04:32 AM

Try this

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#4 posted 07-12-2021 03:48 PM

Search Amazon for Jewelers lathe.

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#5 posted 07-12-2021 03:57 PM

Another option would be to take different sized dowels and glue sections of difference sizes together to make it look like a telescope. Of course making a mini lathe sounds like more fun.

EDIT to add: A Dremel might be a little too fast. The slowest speed of around 5000 RPM may work okay for a dowel that is under about 1” but if it is not already round and centered, it could be a little fast.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 07-12-2021 07:56 PM



Another option would be to take different sized dowels and glue sections of difference sizes together to make it look like a telescope. Of course making a mini lathe sounds like more fun.

EDIT to add: A Dremel might be a little too fast. The slowest speed of around 5000 RPM may work okay for a dowel that is under about 1” but if it is not already round and centered, it could be a little fast.

- Lazyman

yea prsonally i would probably get small dowels of mahogany or something and some brass round stock and brass tubing and cobble it together out of those.

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#7 posted 07-13-2021 03:41 PM

Zyliss Torno lathes can often be found for a reasonable price on eBay. Drill driven. I have one but haven’t used it yet as I have a Taig lathe.

-- Darrel

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#8 posted 07-14-2021 02:02 AM

Thanks for the video links! I really like Izzy’s video – a couple of skateboard bearings, and most of what I need is already in the basement. The One Minute Workbench version looks great, but it’s probably overkill for a one-off project.

Have already started sketching, and working out the scale of the telescope. Just eyeballing it with a ruler and a seated badger, a 6-7” scope looks about right.

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