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A new life for a 1/4HP motor... is going to be a diy lathe! #7: Lathe uprights parts ready

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Blog entry by FreddyS posted 08-08-2011 06:39 PM 7724 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone, I spent this weekend doing all the plywood cuts needed for the uprights and the rest tool, the photos:

1.- headstock parts, waiting to be glued and screwed
2.- tool rest, waiting for the 45ยบ cut to mount the steel wear plate
3.- tailstock parts, waiting to be glued and screwed
4.- tailstock locking wheel
5.- the magazine says to use epoxy glue to join the wheel to the coupling nut, in my experience it does not work fine all the times so I added a couple of home made set screws (screw cut to proper size, groove made so I could drive it thru the previously tapped holes in the wheel), it worked really well :)

Everything looks like this so far:

As coupling nuts have some play when screwed into the threaded rod I’ll have to rectify the center points so the tip does not offset from the center when the coupling nut is tighten, hopefully the lathe will be finished the next weekend.

Cheers!

-- Learning one thing at a time



5 comments so far

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 08-08-2011 09:08 PM

It seems almost any tool has a home made version. I don’t have a lathe yet, but I don’t think I would make it….I spend most of my time already just making shop stuff, which I really enjoy. This looks fun however, so will be interested in how it comes out.

My father made an electric lawn mower out of an old washing machine motor. My brother and I cut the grass with it for years.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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mafe

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#2 posted 08-08-2011 09:21 PM

Looking really fine, now we are really close to see a running lathe.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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JL7

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 11:57 PM

Hey Freddy – I’ve been watching your posts and I am most impressed with the inspiration that has come from this little motor….....keep posting!

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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FreddyS

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#4 posted 08-09-2011 12:11 AM

Jim: yep, I’m more into square/simple/minimal furniture and stuff so I’m building the lathe mostly for the fun of doing it, don’t really need it but I bet I’ll have lots of fun turning things for gifts anyway :)

Also, even if it was needed, I can’t buy locally a ready made one with the amount of money spent on this one so I prefer to indulge the hobby before spending twice or more than you would if buying one in the US.

mafe: yeah, I’m getting there… thinking about it I could use some help with the lathe tools, fly over the pond and come over sometime to the tiny shop my friend ;)

Jeff: thanks, the little motor led me to a fun road indeed, I wont end the blog series until I have my first turning, I promise!

Cheers!

-- Learning one thing at a time

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mafe

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#5 posted 08-09-2011 01:51 AM

Pls ask away!

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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