|Project by kiefer||posted 05-12-2016 10:56 PM||2478 views||1 time favorited||29 comments|
Well I finally picked up a used lathe for $ 35.00 but was disappointed when I put a piece of wood between the centres and realized how weak the square tube bed and tail stock are the bed just bent when tightening the tail stock .The lathe is like brand new and has been used once and I can see why .
Here is my solution to make this into a useable little lathe .
Cut down the square tubing length from 44 ” to 23 1/2” and fill the inside with hardwood for strength .
Reinforce the tail stock with some plywood in between the uprights .
Mount the lathe on a 2” thick base and add four leveling feet made from plywood .
Glue some sandpaper pads to the bottom cross brace of the tailstock to keep it from slipping when tightening .
That’s all it took and now I have a little lathe with 16” between centres and four speeds that I can put on top of my table saw and easily store on a shelf . The handles I turned for a couple of tool that you see in the pictures turned out nice .
Now I hope I don’t go down the slippery slope and buy all those accessory’s because all I want is a lathe to turn little things with like tool handle and maybe a small bowl .