|Project by billculpepper||posted 12-30-2010 08:51 PM||2531 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
March 2010, my brother scores a mini lathe at an auction and gives it to me for my birthday with the phrase “here’s something you’ll never buy yourself…”.
WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH A LATHE?!!! So I go on the internet and watch videos and find you fine people here at lumberjocks…then I make a pen…and another…and then a bowl…now I have a choice to make. I can either shoot my brother and check myself into Betty Ford because I am hopelessly addicted to woodworking, or I can buy a bigger lathe and build a shop. I opted for choice #2, as I still like my brother.
Lathe stand legs and top are several sheets of particle ply sandwiched in hardboard and trimmed in maple. It is HEAVY. No sandbags needed here. I decided to build several riser blocks so I can reach under the lathe stand when I drop items and to clean (and to slide the occasional tool). First time ever doing “flat work” and I got LUCKY on the drawers, they are actually square and work! MIRACLE! I am still organizing my shop so I made “temporary” caster boards so I can move the lathe. Moves fairly easy. I will want to remove once the shop is situated as I designed the stand to be at the correct height for me (lets just say I’m vertically challenged) and I didn’t figure in the extra wheel height.
I also LOVE the DVR lathe. No more belt switching, reverse mode for sanding and I’ll swing in the DC, head swings out for easier access to inside bowls and large turnings.
Thanks for looking and thanks for all the great tips and suggestions you guys and gals put out here. What an encouraging bunch of folks. Here’s to a great 2011.
-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana