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Project by jman75 posted 01-10-2014 02:16 AM 939 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Messing around with some Cherry, red heart, and some wet oak I grabbed from the backyard. The green stuff is taking a Pentacryl bath! I bought a live center with a cup from Woodcraft and slid it through a hole in the drill press table and viola! Using a countersink in the chuck to hold the top. I want a lathe but can’t afford one since the wife totalled our SUV the other day on ice.This will do for the meantime til I smoke the motor!





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#1 posted 01-10-2014 03:39 AM

Where there’s a will, there’s a way! Good looking drill press turnings!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 04:00 AM

Nice work. As long as everyone is OK, the lathe will come some day.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 04:00 AM

Who needs a lathe when you can make thise on the drill press. Looks great.

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 08:16 AM

Great idea for the live center in the table hole

-- Norman

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#5 posted 01-10-2014 12:03 PM

Thanks guys…all ideas and inspiration comes from here along with feeding my addiction!

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 12:57 PM

This is a super idea. I’d love to turn a few small simple things like tool handles but don’t have a lathe in the shop. I’d appreciate it if you posted a couple of pictures of your set-up and which live center you purchased and how you attached it to the table. I’ll be watching this post in the event you add a couple of picts. Thanks!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 01-10-2014 01:15 PM

Sure! Let me throw a little more coffee down the hatch and ill post up some

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jman75

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#8 posted 01-10-2014 02:33 PM

Here is the hole in the table and I elongated it just a tiny bit with a step bit

The live center I bought from Woodcraft

The live center in place

The wood was pre-drilled before

Wood in place with countersink in the chuck

Snugged up with a clamp and ensuring it was straight before tightening the table. Then it’s on to turning!

I noticed a few times it would slip a little after turning a few minutes and I would have to stop and snug it up with the clamp but no biggie!

Hope this helps!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#9 posted 01-10-2014 04:04 PM

It does.. Thanks!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#10 posted 01-10-2014 04:07 PM

looks great

are the pictures sideways because this was turned vertically on the drill press? ;) (just kidding)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 01-10-2014 04:15 PM

For the life of me I can take the pic with this phone and they look straight…upload and they are sideways! I tried rotating them and nothing! Finally I hit post and walked away…lol

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#12 posted 01-10-2014 06:52 PM

So what did you use for the tool rest?

-- --bch

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jman75

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#13 posted 01-10-2014 07:08 PM

Clamped different size wood to the table to reach whatever height I needed

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#14 posted 01-11-2014 01:28 AM

I did some turning with my drill press, but without a live center so the chuck would always fall off. It’s hard on the spindle bearings though; mine eventually started making alarming noises. Now that I’ve acquired a vertical mill (a mill/drill, really) I use that instead.

I did it a little different though, I drilled the workpiece, put a carriage bolt through it and tightened it with a nut and washer, then clamped the exposed threads in the chuck. I also made a few laurel burl shift knobs by first epoxying the threaded insert into the wood blank, then chucking a short stud screwed into the insert.

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com https://www.etsy.com/shop/MalcolmLaurel

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#15 posted 01-11-2014 01:42 AM

I did that starting off…got tired of ducking behind my barrel every time I turned it on. I made a drum sander for it with a long bolt, slipped some old swaybar bushings on it that I had lying around, put a thick washer with a teflon nut on the end to squeeze the bushings tight on the cartridge. Then cut the bolt head off and filed the threads down and chucked it up. Worked like a charm til my 4 yr old came down to the garage. It’s currently MIA

Not too worried about the bushings as this is an older drill press. I could see it wearing something out over time tho

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