Scrap Iron Wood |Lathe #2: How Grew the Headstock for the Scrap Iron Lathe |Part 2

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Blog entry by bushmaster posted 05-10-2016 04:49 PM 1588 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I will show the growth stage of the basic headstock, It will bloom in a later post with pulleys and indexing plate. I obtained a piece of hollow seamless heavy wall pipe in a short ends bin, would have liked a different size with a smaller hole but beggars can’t be choosers. 20$ I could afford, to cut a better piece it would have been about 60$. I wanted a hollow shaft so I would have the opportunity to use a vacuum chuck, homemade of course. First step was to lathe a threaded insert for the shaft end to attach the accesories from a scrap bar of solid steel. First step was to cut the thread with the lathe so it is perfectly aligned, one can’t make a mistake on this operation, as one has to make multiple cuts in a row.

Then lathe the metal to just fit inside the spindle.

And then cut it off the bar stock. finished. that was easy..

The next step I worked on was to prepare the section of logging truck reach, The length of the scrap pice I had was only so long so that determined the height of the lathe. I had allot of grinding and sanding to get it presentable, atleast all the loose rust off.
Clamp the flange bearing in place and use a felt pen to lay out the position on one side then use a square to locate the other one directly across from it.

A drill the size of the holes was used to mark the the position of the center of each hole, then I could use smaller drill stages to start the process, working my way up to 5/8 inches. I did use the drill press, had to prop the one end up of course, don’t seem to have a picture of that.
Next step was to cut a heavy piece of channel iron and weld it to the bottom, with a half moon cut out to be welded to a 5 inch pipe in the base.
Snow is great for cooling the metal after you cut it.

Wheel barrel makes a handy table, transporting this project as the parts are heavy.

And that all there is to it. I think I will show you how I built the base next time.
Thanks for looking and comments appreciated and thanks to Safeway Store for the free WiFi.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 05-10-2016 07:40 PM

I’m glad you documented this, Brian. I’m getting to know more about you.

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#2 posted 05-10-2016 09:34 PM

Great photos of the process. I like hand made tools!!


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#3 posted 05-10-2016 10:40 PM

Nightmares…thread cutting on a metal lathe with HSS hand made cutter…..BUT WOW….you certainly are a multi-talented craftsman Brian…..thank you for all the extra photos & notes on the wood lathe build…

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#4 posted 05-11-2016 03:31 AM

What an awesome project!

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#5 posted 05-11-2016 12:04 PM

Props to you Sir, you have excellent welding skills !

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