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Blog entry by Woodworker_Collins posted 06-14-2012 09:08 PM 7450 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I want to make a homemade lathe using a powerdrill and was wondering has anyone made one, and if you have what did you use to make it. Thanks for the help :))

-- Adam, Ireland, http://www.youtube.com/user/AdamTheWoodworker



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Tom Godfrey

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#1 posted 06-14-2012 09:39 PM

I saw one last night while looking at some projects. It was a guy serving in the war zone. Had pictures and etc. I found it by typing in the search section here on this site. Hope you find it if not i will look again for you.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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#2 posted 06-14-2012 09:55 PM

yOU CAN BUY A POWER DRILL WOODWORKING KIT FINE BUT THE BEARINGS IN A DRILL ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR LATERAL FORCES AND THEY BURN OUT VERY QUICKLY WHEN USED FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME i HAD A PAL OF MINE STARTED OUT HIS TURNING THIS WAY BUT WENT THROUGH SEVERAL DRILLS BEFORE HE REALISED THAT GETTING AUSED LATHE WAS MUCH BETTER AND CHEAPER IN THE LONG RUN REGARDS aLISTAIR. excuse my typing

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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SASmith

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#3 posted 06-14-2012 09:57 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/Sodabowski/blog/24965 small
http://lumberjocks.com/aviad87/blog/series/4709 BIG
There are many more lathes on this site too.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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scottb

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 03:01 AM

There was an article in one of the woodworking mags a few years ago about making a treadle lathe using the wheel and a chain from a 10 speed bike. you just step on a pedal and it keep the forward motion going, unlike the spring pole lathes with the constant back and forth rotation – plus it can take up a LOT less room. If memory serves the guy was looking into ways to bring useful woodworking tools to underdeveloped areas, using things they had available without needing electricity. I expect a google search will come up with a few plans…. something on my “someday” list.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#5 posted 06-15-2012 03:06 AM

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#6 posted 06-15-2012 04:12 AM

Shopnotes #73 has a mini-lathe

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Remedyman

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#7 posted 06-15-2012 06:05 AM

I would say rather than use a drill, I would use the motor from an appliance. Many people give away dryers because the heating element doesn’t work anymore. You could harvest the motor from that. That would probably be a better way to spin your wood than a drill.

I am thinking about building one myself, but I am trying to figure out how to keep the frame strong and straight.

-- As long as our customers are happy, we have done a good job. Even if we are our own customer.

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stefang

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#8 posted 06-15-2012 08:52 AM

I bought a a little turning kit to powered by my drill. It was fun for awhile, but my drill burned out pretty quickly. An inexpensive mini-lathe would be a better alternative.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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elhaji3

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#9 posted 06-15-2012 02:42 PM

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NormG

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#10 posted 06-16-2012 03:17 AM

Step away from the drill and purchase a used lathe, see where to go from there

-- Norman

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GrandpaLen

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#11 posted 06-16-2012 11:22 AM

Adam,

Here is one that was posted just last week. Not much detail but you may be able to PM the Jock for more info.
Looks like quite a bit of Iron work is involved.
But for what you asked, here’s a link;

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/67114
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Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

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BigTiny

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#12 posted 06-16-2012 03:43 PM

Add me to the list of those who would go with a used lathe. My four foot bed 12 inch throw complete with motor and a starter set of tools cost me a whole $60. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/34372 Burn out one decent drill and you’ve gone through more than that.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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steliart

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#13 posted 06-17-2012 06:17 AM

I have an instructable for a lathe combo design you might find it helpful:

Bench Lathe 3 in 1

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Dan Lyke

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#14 posted 06-17-2012 05:46 PM

Last year, a guy in our local woodworking group demonstrated a router lathe he’d built with a speed controlled motor and a track for the router. He turned spindles for a cradle on it and it seemed to do a spectacular job. I’ve tried a hand-turned router lathe for the 10’ tapered mast I just turned for the sailboat we're building, and came to the conclusion that good foot (or: not trying to do it with your hands that should be holding the router) control over your piece rotation speed is a necessity, and your ways and piece support can always be stiffer.

But going the router lathe route might lessen your lateral forces on your drill bearings…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#15 posted 01-09-2013 04:07 PM

I’ve put some thought into the lateral forces problem, and I think that if you were to build a lathe itself, with its own chuck, built to handle the lateral forces, you could then spin it with your power drill, or some other motor. Pretty sure that would be more trouble than it’s worth, with a power drill. Maybe, if you were only rarely going to turn, you could make use of this concept on a drill press… dunno. It’s an idea in the “probably not” part of my notebook…

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