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Blog entry by Nick Ferry posted 11-03-2014 07:43 PM 2011 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting a lathe for some time. The only problem is I need to get a table saw first so it’s not in the budget as of right now. I had an idea to try and make my drill press act as a lathe. This was also a challenge that a bunch of online woodworkers came up with. The challenge was to build something from only your scrap wood. Being I didn’t have a whole lot of scrap on hand at the time my project had to be fairly small. I decided to make salt & pepper shakers. I turned them on my drill press.
http://youtu.be/oGu0SLWoayY



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Northwest29

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 09:48 PM

Interesting idea – may just have to give that a try on some tool handles. TNX

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Nick Ferry

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 09:58 PM



Interesting idea – may just have to give that a try on some tool handles. TNX

- Northwest29

yeah I didn’t even think of it, but tools handles would be the perfect size for this.

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ElChe

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#3 posted 11-03-2014 11:22 PM

The end of the video is hilarious. Yay! Great idea.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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Nick Ferry

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#4 posted 11-03-2014 11:29 PM



The end of the video is hilarious. Yay! Great idea.

- ElChe


thanks, i thought it was pretty funny too

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Oldtool

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#5 posted 11-04-2014 01:05 AM

Sweet solution to a situation, not having a lathe. Nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 11-04-2014 02:27 AM

Interesting concept, works and for someone who does not need a lathe and/or limited capabilities such as thios wonder

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Nick Ferry

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#7 posted 11-04-2014 03:42 AM



Sweet solution to a situation, not having a lathe. Nice work.

- Oldtool


Thanks

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Nick Ferry

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#8 posted 11-04-2014 03:42 AM



Interesting concept, works and for someone who does not need a lathe and/or limited capabilities such as thios wonder

- NormG


This was a fun one

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Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 11-04-2014 11:54 PM

Pretty clever and a nice video, thanks for doing this.

-- Bob A in NJ

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Nick Ferry

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#10 posted 11-05-2014 12:34 AM



Pretty clever and a nice video, thanks for doing this.

- Bob A in NJ


Thanks, this one was a blast!

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mmaluso

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#11 posted 11-05-2014 02:47 AM

I’ve been researching this as well and have been very interested in getting a drill press for double duty as a lathe. However I read somewhere that these machines are not built for the side load needed for a lathe and the bearings will fail. Also something about the taper walking out of the chuck mount but I don’t see how that could happen when you’ve got a live center keeping pressure on the bottom.

I’m new to all of this but would be interested in your thoughts.

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Nick Ferry

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#12 posted 11-05-2014 03:41 AM



I ve been researching this as well and have been very interested in getting a drill press for double duty as a lathe. However I read somewhere that these machines are not built for the side load needed for a lathe and the bearings will fail. Also something about the taper walking out of the chuck mount but I don t see how that could happen when you ve got a live center keeping pressure on the bottom.

I m new to all of this but would be interested in your thoughts.

- mmaluso

It most likely is not great for the drill press because it is not the original intended use. I did it more as a proof of concept and I have no interest in doing long term turning on the drill press. Your tools, your equipment, your call. I don’t mind doing it to mine though. And before I got an oscillating spindle sander, I used drum sanders on my drill press for years without a issue.

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