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Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 01-26-2012 12:37 AM 7813 reads 14 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello.

I have wanted to have a longer lathe for a while, and I could foresee the need for it in some future projects. Then someone wanted me to make something for them that required me to turn a couple things longer than my 14” Jet mini lathe could handle. So I decided to get a bed extension.

I had already tried turning them on my spring pole lathe which is longer, but turning dry hard maple is near impossible on one, particularily going from square to circular. So I looked online to see how much a bed extension for my lathe would be and they were from $100 up, plus shipping. So I decided to make my own.

I used quarter-sawn white oak for the bed surface and some plywood for the rest.The extension works well, and for zero dollars, the price is right. If any one has a small lathe that wants to turn longer stock without buying another lathe or an expensive extension, I recommend just making one. It only took a couple hours to build and I have a much more versitile lathe now. Just make sure the extensions are level with the lathe bed, and they line up laterally and all should be fine.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/



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SASmith

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#1 posted 01-26-2012 12:56 AM

Clever solution.
I saw on here yesterday that another LJ made a LONG shopsmith by adding new longer tubes to it.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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HalDougherty

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 01:00 AM

I like your solution. I may have to build one myself someday.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Roger

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#3 posted 01-26-2012 01:17 AM

super idea.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 06:23 AM

Nice work, now try a longer home made tool rest.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/22752

-- Bob A in NJ

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CartersWhittling

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#5 posted 01-26-2012 10:41 PM

Yes, thanks for posting your tool rest. I deffinitly need to make a longer tool rest.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 01-27-2012 06:17 AM

Great idea to add more length!! I like free too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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USMC_Buckaroo

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#7 posted 11-27-2012 12:59 AM

Howdy,

Many thanks for sharing your creative answer to a ‘mini’ lathe…love it!

Guess my 12/20 Griz will be gettin’ a new addition for Christmas. ; – )

Buck.

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CurlyJ

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#8 posted 06-17-2014 11:57 PM

Thank You, I love your solution and will make an extension in the next couple weeks. I couldn’t see spending $240 for a Mini Jet Extension. I’ve got plenty of wood to use.

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