diy lathe #1: i asked my father to make me one ..

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Blog entry by aviad mishaeli posted 01-11-2012 01:02 AM 7735 reads 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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some of my wood stuff demands working with lathe but not in the usual way . i creates big round wood bodies like shades ,tables and all kind of objects. i usd to travel one hour to the south near Bear-Sheva to work on a lathe that has the adjustment for my big things. i dont use engraving and chisels i jest have to sand the object surfence with angle grinder with sending sheet.
i was looking to buy lathe for myself for 4500 $ , adding a special adjustment , so i would probably reach 5000$ les or more. not easy for my pocket.
my father has a multi skills in meny areas so i decided to challenge him to build a lathe for my special demands – 75 centineter Swing overbed (60 ench diameter in theory !!!) , 200 centimeter Distance between centers. another request is for it to look proffesional .
we had an old electric gear engine , we have found “back center” from an old metal lathe and we bought the rest in 1000 $ and in two weeks of work we have complited it.

this is the foto process..

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 01:12 AM

This was a major undertaking. You did a great job on it. Congratulations.

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 01:37 AM

awesome, does look professional also.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 01:44 AM

Amazing peice of work! I’m sure you’re going to love not having to travel.

I am not a lathe guy, so my only critisism is the lack of a cover for the pulleys & belt. I would hate for the little ones to get hurt!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 03:16 AM

WOW! That is quite the lathe!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 04:25 AM

That looks like it will be perfect for your needs. It’s always a joy to use something you built with your father. Congratulations on your new tool!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 04:29 AM

If you consider your labor to be “free”, you got a good deal. I’m sure you will reap the dividends of your labor, though. That is a seriously nice, BIG, lathe.

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 04:38 AM

WOW, now that is a lathe!

-- Kevin, Indiana

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 04:43 AM

At first, I thought to myself…. what the hell is this…..... BUT let me say you and your dad are a great team. The money you saved and being able to produce art like this is unthinkable. Fantastic.

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#9 posted 01-11-2012 08:24 AM

woww Aviad!

This is a big Lathe for big projects. It looks professionaly made.

Both you and your father have great talent.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 01-11-2012 01:44 PM

Your father has made the most impressive lathe I’ve seen on Lumberjocks. I’m impressed! If you added a router on a base that moves up/down and slides along the length of the lathe, you could turn your project slowly by hand and the router would round off odd or rough shape items to cut your sanding time. I use a router jig on my midi lathe that sets over the top of my lathe to knock off the corners of square stock. I just turn the block with the corner up, and cut off the corner, then cut the other 3 corners off. I also use it to round off rough lumps of turning material.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 01-11-2012 04:50 PM

So cool aviad!
What a wonderful father you have, it must have been a wonderful experience to share.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 01-11-2012 08:08 PM

Wow, I’m impressed!

Great job


-- Guy,PEI

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#13 posted 01-11-2012 08:16 PM


looks great. and probably better fit for what you need it to do.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 01-11-2012 10:35 PM

Wow! What an incredible piece of work!

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#15 posted 01-13-2012 04:05 AM

Looks to be a very sturdy and well built lathe. Nicely done. Good luck on your future projects.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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