A new life for a 1/4HP motor... is going to be a diy lathe! #4: The lathe bed is done!

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Blog entry by FreddyS posted 07-18-2011 05:31 PM 7558 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Small work on the lathe bed and a case for the power switch Part 4 of A new life for a 1/4HP motor... is going to be a diy lathe! series Part 5: Small update, locking strips done »

Hi everyone, rain was almost gone this weekend so I could finish the lathe bed, it nearly catches me distracted and a few drops got into the top of the bed, luckily I noticed and saved all before any damage was made hehe, here are the photos:

1 & 2.- marking the plywood, that’s where the grooves for the vertical supports will be made.

3.- setting the router bit height for the grooves, I did the 3/8” groove in two passes, and the router bit is a special one with the same thickness as the plywood, slightly less than 3/4” thick.

4.- one groove is done, second one is ready to be made.

5.- Both grooves done in the bed base.

6.- Testing fit, everything fine!

7.- Grooves made in the top, testing fit again, all nice!

8.- 20º beveled cuts done in the top, also starting the aluminum straps work.

9.- Ready to drill and countersink 28 holes in the aluminum straps.

10.- Aluminum straps attached to the bed, lathe base corners rounded with a 3/4” roundover bit.

Last photo shows how it looks before gluing it all together, I also did the small aluminum locking straps for the
headstock, tailstock and tool rest.

Next weekend I’ll build the headstock and tailstock I hope :)


-- Learning one thing at a time

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 05:39 PM

looking good!

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 07:31 PM

Looking good so far. I’ll be looking for your finished lathe and some things you turn on it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 08:37 PM

You’re making good progress. Best of luck with the rest of it.

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