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Project by EMVarona posted 1436 days ago 11163 views 21 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Amateur wood turning. I wanted to experience wood turning however getting a real lathe is out of the question. Since my intention is purely experimental I thought I’d make my own simple lathe with an electric drill. The distance between centers in 9 inches and maximum turning diameter is 3 inches. Grizzly sells a lathe with similar specs but then again there is the problem of importation. (I am in the Philippines.) This set up works perfectly well even if it requires more fine tuning as of now.

I’ve also assembled an small thickness sander using the same drill and a Master Vise. I’ll upload the photos when ready.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."





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CSlabon

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#1 posted 1436 days ago

Good for you. That’s just doing it!

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Russ

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#2 posted 1436 days ago

Impressive given the tools used.

-- Russ

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isetegija

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#3 posted 1436 days ago

If we, woodworkers (creative people), want to do something, then there are no obstacles that can stop us.

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking http://woodworkessence.com/

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twokidsnosleep

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#4 posted 1436 days ago

Very impressive problem solving skills.
Just using materials you have on hand and the brains in your head

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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SafferinOz

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#5 posted 1436 days ago

Very creative and great use of Bits ‘n Bobs to solve a problem.
Well Done.

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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manilaboy

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#6 posted 1436 days ago

I’ve thought of using a drill on one end but never a bicycle hub on the other. Consider it copied.

Nice to have another Pinoy on board!

Rico

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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mafe

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#7 posted 1436 days ago

I love it, you are a creative, and inovative man.
Thank you for sharing,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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jackass

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#8 posted 1436 days ago

Very ingenious, I admire inventive minds, I might even try this one myself. I have put dowels in the drill press to make them smaller with sandpaper, but never this creative.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 1436 days ago

Nice little experiment. Now, you might as well make a bigger one. It wouldn’t be that hard to do. Good luck.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 1436 days ago

for the first try that ain´t bad at all
and I like your setup very, inovative in a tight corner :-)

and as helluvawreck say make a bigger one isn´t difficult for you
if you can get a small electric motor and ribband then connect it to this treadle lathe

http://homepage.mac.com/estuary1/estuary/PhotoAlbum4.html

you don´t have to make the footpedal but don´t forget the swingwheel

goodluck with the journey

Dennis

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 1436 days ago

If you do a search for sop built lathes you will find several good sites that go into it pretty well. You can build a sturdy lathe almost completely out of wood.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 1436 days ago

I;ll be darned…pretty good for a couple of bucks!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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jim C

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#13 posted 1436 days ago

I’m overwhelmed by the ingenuity of the people on this forum. Could you have found an old used lathe for a low cost? Possibly. But you can’t replace the satisfaction of making something from an idea and the accomplishment of following through to it’s successful conclusion.
Here’s a toast to you and all of you others who I admire for their “Thomas Edison” talents.
Great job.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 1436 days ago

Super Idea

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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swirt

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#15 posted 1436 days ago

Nice clever implementation.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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