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Project by puzzled posted 01-31-2009 12:29 AM 2437 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you can see…’s not the whole lathe, but its the heart. I have been looking at different lathes for sometime now and every one just seems to be lacking one thing or another that I’m looking for. Instead of buying something that I’m not going to be happy with, I decided to build one. This lathe is going to have a maximum swing of 32”. I will also be able to add additional beds and make the throw as long as I need. The motor is a 3hp, 3 phase, 1750 rpm’s and is going to be controlled by a Mitsubishi frequency drive that will all for full torque at low rpm’s. I will post more pics as this project goes along.

Here is an updated pic of the lathe. It still needs to be painted and the belt guard needs to be built. The original design has changed a bit, but for the better. I hope to have it up and running before Christmas.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#1 posted 01-31-2009 12:31 AM

A very good work horse for any lathe Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 12:34 AM

sweet. I may follow your example and do the same.

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~

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#3 posted 01-31-2009 06:28 PM

This is going to be a very interesting project. Looking forward to see the progress and comments.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 01-31-2009 06:38 PM

How are you going to be building the lathe (what materials)? 3HP? I hope its a heavy lathe! Good-on-ya brada.

-- Search out the Kavanah in occupation, acheive peace in life.

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#5 posted 02-01-2009 04:31 AM

The main tube, which supports the spindal and motor is 12”x12” w/ 1/4” walls. The bed is 5” channel which will be welded together like this []. The spindal is 2” with 1 1/4” x 8 TPI on one end. There is going to be 4 step pulley’s on the back side. After its finished it will probably weight about 750 – 800 lbs.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#6 posted 02-02-2009 04:05 PM

Hey, that is a big motor. It`s probally all you will ever need.
I`m anxious to see the lathe evolve.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#7 posted 06-23-2009 02:54 PM

Awesome start can’t wait to see the finished product from your description above it sounds like it will be a solid work horse so what are you going to name her?

-- David '65

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#8 posted 01-19-2013 03:10 PM

Now that’s a lathe

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#9 posted 01-19-2013 04:46 PM

I’ve built some machinery at our molding plant and this looks like an interesting project to follow. I’d like to see how it turns out.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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