Using my table saw as a lathe

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 06-27-2014 09:47 PM 3645 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this jig a few months ago as I needed to make a roller for my feed mechanism of my thickness sander. It has 1/4” threaded rod pieces at each end mounted into bearings for easy turning. Both ends are adjustable up and down on t-slots to allow me to make tapered turnings. Just drill a 3/16” hole in each end of your blank and thread in the rods. Use your drill on high and go crazy.

For this blank I made it round with only two passes. It is very easy to dial in the diameter of the turning by how much you raise the saw blade. The saw blade is off center of the jig so that the cut is made on the top of the saw blade teeth.

Got the idea from Izzy Swan.

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#1 posted 06-27-2014 11:34 PM

Yep, I’m a fan of Izzy’s insanity as well. Nice jig! I like your modifications to the design.

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#2 posted 06-27-2014 11:46 PM

Sean, Izzy will be proud. You are the first guy I have seen on LJs to build one of his insane jigs. Nice work.

-- 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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#3 posted 06-27-2014 11:47 PM

Pretty darned neat!

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#4 posted 06-28-2014 01:29 AM

Very neat jig! Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 06-28-2014 02:07 PM

Nice video to boot.

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#6 posted 06-28-2014 08:35 PM

That’s a interesting design. I only watched the first video but does he talk about type of blade to use? I would think you don’t want to use carbide tipped blades for something like this and all steel blades would be safer but I’m not sure how much side to side force is really being placed on the blade from this thing.

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#7 posted 06-28-2014 08:43 PM

Richard. I use only carbide blades and have had no problems. In one of his videos he says you can use a dado blade which is more rigid than single blades. However since the center of the jig is off set from the blade by about 1/2” then during cutting the blank turns down onto the blade causing less side pressure.

Thanks everyone for the comments.

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