A new life for a 1/4HP motor... is going to be a diy lathe!

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Blog series by FreddyS updated 09-17-2011 08:12 PM 9 parts 97374 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: first steps

06-21-2011 05:56 PM by FreddyS | 9 comments »

Hi everyone, so I got this motor from a friend like 15 years ago, it was adapted to work as an airbrush compressor but it was not used any more. Now I decided to recycle it and use it to power some diy machines at the tiny shop. First I got a drill chuck, and a friend with a metal lathe made an adapter for it: Looking good, but the paint job is lousy … So I decided to clean the motor and paint it, while sanding it I found a tag with the motor specs. well buried behin...

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Part 2: change of plan, now a diy lathe and some parts for it

07-04-2011 02:24 AM by FreddyS | 6 comments »

Hi everyone, after some thinking and a lot of recent lathe work posts in a local forum, I decided to go for a mini lathe like the one in shop notes 73: So far I got some of the parts needed to build the lathe, here are some photos: All put together as a test: I had some free time so I went ahead and did the drive and cup centers, the friend who showed me the magazine also has a metal lathe so he helped with the center points: This was the easy part, now I need ...

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Part 3: Small work on the lathe bed and a case for the power switch

07-11-2011 06:50 PM by FreddyS | 1 comment »

Hi everyone, this weekend was raining all day long so I could only work enough to cut the plywood for the lathe bed: 1.- crosscutting plywood to length, the TS is too small to cut big plywood sheets :( 2.- ripping lathe bed parts 3.- all cuts done 4.- gluing the late bed ply sandwich 5.- gluing the lathe base ply sandwich (I have to buy more clamps!!!) 6.- checking how it will look Then the rain started again so I went to change the main wire on the motor and did the ...

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Part 4: The lathe bed is done!

07-18-2011 05:31 PM by FreddyS | 3 comments »

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 ...

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Part 5: Small update, locking strips done

07-25-2011 08:21 PM by FreddyS | 0 comments »

Hi everyone, this weekend I decided to build the locking strips, the design calls for hardwood so tzalam wood it is, they ended looking great but it took me a little bit more than planned as I needed to adapt to the wood thickness I had at hand(1”) hehee: 1.- Some strips cut and grooved to accept the aluminum straps. Only the front strips needed the groove but I went thru all the wood, small mistake but it wont affect the result as I’m flipping the back strips so the groove...

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Part 6: Lathe bases done!

08-02-2011 06:54 PM by FreddyS | 4 comments »

Hi again, this weekend I managed to finish all the bases for the headstock, tailstock, tool rest and an extra horizontal drilling table I will add to the mix, some photos: I changed the tool rest arm design to match the hardware I already had (threaded knobs and JCBC allen bolts) and to make it a little bit more versatile, here is my version: Tool rest base and arm close up: So far everything looks good: There’s a lot of table saw work to be done the next wee...

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Part 7: Lathe uprights parts ready

08-08-2011 06:39 PM by FreddyS | 5 comments »

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 screwed2.- tool rest, waiting for the 45ยบ cut to mount the steel wear plate3.- tailstock parts, waiting to be glued and screwed4.- tailstock locking wheel5.- 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 ...

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Part 8: Almost done, and a test

09-02-2011 12:59 AM by FreddyS | 3 comments »

Hi everyone, I was too busy the last couple of weeks to post an update, but here it is, small one though: Added a little handle to the hand wheel to ease the tailstock spindle adjustments. 1.- A live center my friend with a metal lathe made for me, works great but I lost 1” between points so right now it is 17”, I guess I wont miss it anyway. 2.- The only thing I had at hand to use as a lathe tool was a 1/2” chisel, I know, I know… I’ll get prope...

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Part 9: The first turning... an awl

09-17-2011 08:12 PM by FreddyS | 3 comments »

Hi everyone, my lathe is not finished yet as I didn’t take the spindle drawing plan to the metal lathe guy, but I couldn’t stop thinking about using it so I went ahead and turned an awl: A smaller tool rest was built to ease work with smaller wood pieces: The finished awl together with an old awl with the more usual handle shape, couldn’t copy it as the wood length was too small to maneuver, and a small wood blank the same size used for the awl (1×1 x3”): ...

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