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First bowl with my new homemade lathe

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 06-22-2014 10:20 PM 3032 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first bowl using my homemade lathe. It isn’t that nice but hey it is only my second one since high school. And I think that one turned out better.
It is made from scrap 2×6 and finished with bees wax. This was just a proof of concept for the lathe rather than a nice bowl. The lathe itself worked well however the tool rest needs to be more robust and sturdy.
I really only want to make small projects with it so it will do.





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 12:10 AM

Nice, both the lathe & the bowl – proof the lathe works as it’s intended. This is good old Yankee Ingenuity at its best.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Bken

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 01:16 AM

A piece of angle iron screwed right to the existing tool rest might do the trick.

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#3 posted 06-23-2014 12:27 PM

Looks great to me.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 06-23-2014 02:21 PM

Sean, is that a drill press turned sideways? Great idea!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 06-23-2014 03:37 PM

It looks fine to me. I would fill it with walnuts or potpourri, or something country like.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#6 posted 06-23-2014 05:33 PM

I see a faceplate, but what was your drill chuck chucking?

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#7 posted 06-23-2014 07:08 PM

This isn,t the easiest wood to turn.
I didn,t expect vibration on the toolrest but more on the chuck site. But you can easy change your toolrest when necessary. Well done Sean.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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geekwoodworker

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#8 posted 06-23-2014 07:59 PM

I made the face plate by making 5/8 threads through a piece of 1” maple. I then cut a piece of 5/8 threaded rod and chucked it in the lathe and threaded on the face plate. It worked well but did loosen up once. The chuck came loose not the face plate though.

I will play around with it over time and I am sure I will work out the bugs.

Thanks everyone.

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Blahg

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#9 posted 06-24-2014 09:46 PM

A tailstock should help with the chuck wandering out of its morse taper. While a nice stocky tailrest would be best, even something that could give just a bit of back pressure onto the chuck should be enough to help a lot, and for your safety might be a good next step. It’s bad enough when a bowl comes apart on the lathe, but the dang chuck trailing right behind it would make for a pretty bad day.

Looks great, though. Good idea on repurposing the drill press!

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#10 posted 07-02-2014 01:00 PM

Nice job.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#11 posted 07-02-2014 01:09 PM

That’s quite a machine. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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