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 too much noise so had to come up with another plan and mount it on rubber bushings. What I came up with is rubber bushings in the end of a scrap shock absorber.
Then weld it to a steel plate using a dowel to line up the bushings, made tabs to weld on to headstock, also cut slots so the motor can be moved sideways for better pulley alinement.
Used blocks of wood under the plate with the motor and belts on to get the right position.
Motor attached, ready to roll but need it properly wired with a switch. But what good is a running lathe with out a tool rest. Was looking at a piece of grader blade cutting edge steel, nicely tapered in the backside T4 besides, what more would you want.
Cut out, ground nice and smooth, just need to weld a 1 inch post to the back and fill the bolt holes with body filler to make it look nice.
Then one needs a spur center for spindle turning. I welded a 1 inch nut to a disc of heavy steel, lathed it up nice and drilledl holes for sharpened concrete nails. This one should not slip.
Thats great but I really like to make bowls so would be nice to have some face plates. Again I cut a 3/8 disc and then welded a 1 inch nut to it.
Then just machine it up real nice, I used the The insert that I made in the second post for the hollow spindle with the faceplate screwed on so it would run true in the end use. The insert was later locked into the spindle with Permatex thread locking glue.
One is great but more is always better, saves time in the long run looking for the only one, drill a number of holes so one can use 4 or 3 screws or even 6. and a larger one with possible 12
That about does it, I think I will post a group of finished pictures to top off this blog.
Thanks for your interest in how I made this lathe.
Comments appreciated, and always welcome to come and try it out.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia