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Project by ShopBuilt posted 05-20-2016 09:56 PM 2293 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a a really fun project! I started with an old little drill press for most of the mechanical parts and built the rest from MDF, maple and plywood. It seems to work really well and I well soon build some accessories for it like a 4 jaw chuck.





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SuperCubber

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#1 posted 05-20-2016 11:13 PM

Always love your projects and videos, Ryan. This was an especially good/cool one. Looking forward to the next one!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#2 posted 05-21-2016 01:54 AM

Great looking wooden wood lathe, Nice craftsmanship and well thought out. It certainly will do the job, Well done..

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 05-21-2016 05:36 AM

Pretty cool project. .. will be checking out the video soon!

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#4 posted 05-21-2016 08:41 AM

This is awesome maschine, very sturdy. I had several attempts to make my own lathe – it served but very unbalanced and I dismantled him and sell parts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 05-21-2016 01:03 PM

It looks like a very nice build and is certainly an interesting project.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#6 posted 05-21-2016 01:26 PM

Sweet. Looks like it’ll do the job fine, gave fun with this lathe.

-- "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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#7 posted 05-21-2016 01:55 PM

Super build ,well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Planeman40

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#8 posted 05-21-2016 03:36 PM

Very nice lathe!

It reminds me of the large all wood lathe I saw in the Aeronautics lab when I was a student at Georgia Tech. It was about a 36 ” swing and had a large variable speed DC electric motor as a headstock. The bed was two long parallel wood beams. I never found out what it was intended for. Truthfully, wood lathes are very simple machines and there is no reason why a well made wooden lathe shouldn’t work just as well as a cast iron one. It would be nice if the headstock spindle and the tailstock could take Morse taper tooling, but you can’t have everything and keep it simple.

Planeman

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#9 posted 05-21-2016 06:37 PM

One of the best wood lathes was made by Conover. It uses twin wood beams for the bed; the rest being cast iron; too bad they went out of business in 2002. Congratulations on your project; very nice.

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#10 posted 05-21-2016 10:47 PM

very cool! well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 05-23-2016 12:39 PM

Very nice job. What size are your head-stock and tail-stock shafts/rods? You could always screw an adapter on them and use a short Morse taper center, chuck, whatever.

-- Dennis, WV

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sfglass

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#12 posted 05-26-2016 04:35 AM

Nicely done.

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