Spring Pole Lathe

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Project by BloodAndSalt posted 11-26-2013 02:56 PM 3012 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started making a chess set and needed a lathe to turn the chess pieces. I used Roy Underhill’s design from Working With Wedge and Edge. It used tusk tenon for quick assembly/disassembly. The big difference is that I used 1” stock because thats what I could find here (Naples, Italy), but the lathes seems to work just fine. I couldn’t find any bolts big enough for center so I used threaded rod and then soldered on a nut to make a bolt. I’d never done that before but I must have done a good enough job as the nuts didn’t separate from the rod when screwing them through. The pin holding the rocker arm is an old craftman screwdriver, it makes a convenient handle for breaking down the lathe.

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#1 posted 11-26-2013 05:26 PM

Looks like a great tool to have. I must have a look into it

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 11-26-2013 05:53 PM

Nice build! Very impressive!

-- -Tim

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#3 posted 11-26-2013 06:12 PM

Very nice, getting back to the basics.

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#4 posted 11-26-2013 06:44 PM

Nice build, great lathe. I like the alternate use for a screwdriver, smart. What are you using for cutting tools?

-- "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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#5 posted 11-26-2013 07:41 PM

Chisels and gouges. My wrist are killing me. They sell lathes in this country but no lathe tools, so I’ll probably be making my own.

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#6 posted 11-26-2013 07:52 PM

I think that you have impressed us all.

Good way to save the tool budget!

When you need to think small/cheap we all have to inovate!

Somewhere on U-Tube is a video of a man turning great work with just a very VERY crude lathe! But he did nice work!

-- just rjR

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#7 posted 11-26-2013 07:59 PM

Nicely done! I could use one of these. Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 11-26-2013 09:52 PM

Excellent! Really well done, I like that you use the balcony for your shop :-) Space is precious in Italy, happy turning!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 12:20 AM

Very nice job! And you save on the electric bill. (-:

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#10 posted 11-27-2013 05:51 AM

Your spring pole lathe is amazing, you are a true innovator – I wish you well in your turning projects.
As for turning tools, ebay has many to choose from.
We were visiting your beautiful country in June this year. Venice, Florence and Roma. Wow! Wow! and Wow!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 11-27-2013 09:08 AM

This is really cool. Great job and thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 11-27-2013 11:27 AM

Being resourceful is something I can really appreciate. Nice work. Good luck on your tour.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 11-27-2013 02:10 PM

I love to watch someone use one of these. You did a really nice job on this one.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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