Just a few pictures of the completed project. !https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/o7k8m34.jpg ! In this blog I never mentioned how I made the tailsock as I had used it from the first lathe I made. Is is made from ...
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Location: South Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada
I grew up on a farm in the north Okanogan valley of British Columbia Canada, learning and loving a practical way of life. I excelled in shop classes in high school and made up my mind to become an Industrial Arts teacher. I graduated from Andrews University in Michigan and soon afterwards found a job in a small town in northern British Columbia and married a girl I met at school from Iowa. Shortly there after I purchased a 40 acres with a nice creek flowing through it. We loved the unspoiled outdoors and the magnificent mountains. I set about developing this property like I was homesteading, built a sawmill from scrap parts, cutting lumber for building from spruce and cedar, birch for furniture and wood projects. I do everything from solid birch as the wood is free, plywood only if needed.
For many years I used the school shop for my projects but now that I am retired I built up a nice collection of tools including a metal lathe and milling machine. I make most anything. Have enjoyed seeing the home made tools and machines on this site as well as the craftsmanship of the many projects.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia
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The first time I attached the motor, a 1 hp industrial dust proof motor that I bought for 20$ and then Replace a 20$ bearing, would have liked more but thought this one was a good deal, I made steel blocks and hinged it on that. I rattled and made...
So far the lathe was built without any need use a tape measure etc. just a stick would have been enough, Today we need to use fine measurements down to .001 inch. micrometer needed, but one could just machine to fit. The first thing is to make tw...
The first thing was to level the base using blocks and wedges, checking with a carpenters level in both directions, Then weld the headstock securely to the base frame work. That the easy part as the bed assembly is too heavy for to lift by anyone...
As with any plant it is only as good as the root system, fertalize liberally with 20.20.20 imagination. I had some scrap 5 inch pipe that had held up the system to deliver scrap to the burner. Braces etc had to be cut off and then cut to length. ...