Scrap Iron Wood |Lathe #7: Pictures of the completed project.

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Blog entry by bushmaster posted 05-22-2016 04:35 AM 881 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just a few pictures of the completed project.



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 a section of rectangular steel tube, 1/4 wall, A Vee was cut out of opposite sides and then welled back together. The top tube was a piece of seamless drill pipe from the oil field. The internal parts was machined from solid stock. The number 3 morris taper was a sleeve that shrunk fit in.

For those that haven’t seen the first video I made after the lathe was finished can be viewed by this link.

Anyway I enjoyed the challenge to make this lathe, so far it was worked very well, Not as fancy as a commercial one but with practise I can eventually do some projects like the outstanding one I have seen many of you do.

Comments are appreciated, Keep on turning Brian

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 05-22-2016 06:03 AM

That is quite animpressive lathe you got there!
Just qurious: How did you get the spindle and tailstock aligned properly?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 05-22-2016 09:49 AM

Basically for the cost of your time and effort…that’s a top result..

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#3 posted 05-22-2016 11:52 AM

Real nice lathe, Brian!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-22-2016 01:14 PM

The more I look at this, the more it looks like it belongs on a BATTLESHIP !
I found this picture on the ‘Web a few years back and have been wondering where it would apply. When I think of “Turning” I think of a wood lathe. I dont think they mean the same thing in this picture! LOL

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#5 posted 05-22-2016 03:04 PM

I’m thinking lathe on steroids! That is one beefy looking lathe.

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#6 posted 05-22-2016 09:13 PM

There’s Joe, wandering around in my head, again, stepping in stuff, tracking it around.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 05-23-2016 03:40 PM

Darn, all I need to do is start learning and collecting stuff 25 years ago and I could do that. Wonderful build
and if you read between the lines you can understand all the careful measuring, cutting and machining that
went into making this bunch of scrap iron into a woodworkers toy. The reason I call it a toy is because
Brian is having too darn much fun with it to call what he is doing now that it is finished work. Hope you
enjoy lots of hours with that lathe.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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