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Project by DaddyT posted 12-18-2010 08:47 PM 1952 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend gave me this lathe motor awhile back. It’s been setting in the storage building for awhile. ( I moved and now have an AWESOME place for a new shop, which I will upload pics of later) It was just the head, no rest or rails. Really didnt know what to do with it till I needed a disc sander…...then the light bulb went off. Funny how we dont think of things sooner than we do isnt it? So after I kicked myself for not doing it sooner, I made a small table to go with it. Its not pretty, well the top is cool I think, but just slapped it together out of some scraps I had laying around. It is just a tool after all so looks arent everything.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....





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Don Johnson

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#1 posted 12-18-2010 09:35 PM

Thanks for posting – I’m going to unpack my Christmas present of a new bandsaw in seven days time, and have been looking at my old cheapo 3-wheel version trying to decide whether to keep it just for the disc sander. However, it is bulky, and would take up too much space. But I could hack unwanted bits off, keep the existing platform, and use a shorter belt! Why didn’t I think of that before ????
And while I’m doing it, I could also get round to putting on a velcro backing sheet in place of using self-adhesive discs.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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John Stegall

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 10:38 PM

I like the disk sander but I want to know how you managed to inlay an Ostrich’s head into your table? (that is what it looks like in the first pix anyway)

Good job!

-- jstegall

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DaddyT

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 12:13 AM

Yea John your right, it does. Thats actually why I bought that particular piece of plywood. I think it adds character to the table. Had to at least make it look a little decent since I just slapped it together LOL.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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Belg1960

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 03:01 PM

Jimi, great job of re-purposing the head from the lathe, I was wondering how will you be able to change the sandpaper? Do you have to move the entire table? Thanks Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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DaddyT

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 05:12 PM

Yea thats the only thing I dont like about the set up. But I also plan on using the head for bowl carving. Im trying to figure out a tool rest that I can attach to my bench so I can carve bigger bowls than my regular lathe can do. Since I wont be hindered by the rail, I should be able to make alot bigger bowls. Just working out the details on a rest

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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Belg1960

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 07:24 PM

Jimmi, why not use some of the track material with flange bolts so you can slide one piece out and the other in when needed?? Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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DaddyT

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#7 posted 12-19-2010 08:11 PM

Yea I was thinking along the same lines, the only thing is is if I need to move that piece to another location, then I would have the tracks somewhere they were not needed. I’m actually thinking about making a solid base to bolt the whole thing down on, then I can clamp it down or put it away when not in use. But at the same time I’m considering makins a table for just this one tool. Just cant make up my mind. LOL

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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Knothead62

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#8 posted 12-19-2010 09:50 PM

Not used- it’s experienced.

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Belg1960

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#9 posted 12-19-2010 11:14 PM

Look forward to seeing what you decide. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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DaddyT

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#10 posted 12-20-2010 05:04 AM

Yea I realized that once I started using it. Like I said I really just slapped it together for what I needed it for at that time. I plan on doing some upgrades soon. Once I do I’ll post them on here as well.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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