|Project by David||posted 03-28-2011 07:41 PM||13365 views||17 times favorited||80 comments|
So sitting around BS’ing the other day and my buddy turns to me and says, “You know, I’d like to do some turning. Do you think you could make a lathe?” LOL he obviously knows how to challenge me. A few days later this is what I come up with. The frame is made from scrap 2×6’s we had. The head is a 1/2” HD Dewalt drill, which spins at 600rpm. Its single speed but who cares, I’M IN AFGHANISTAN, lol. To hold the stock, we have a lag screw in the chuck of the drill, which acts like a screw chuck. and on the tail we fashioned a bolt, sharpened to a point, mounted in some bearings we found.
For a tool rest I used a piece of 3/8 steel bar that was lying around. For now all we have is a bench chisel, which I’m going to lengthen the handle and regrind, and we have a gouge made out of some pipe we had. This things works WAY better than I had expected, lol.
-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”