|Project by bushmaster||posted 01-18-2014 01:26 AM||3373 views||14 times favorited||19 comments|
After I retired I got into wood lathing alot. I started with an old delta lathe. Had a great time and learned alot from experiance and tips from a friend. I had my sights on bigger things but that would come at a cost.. Lumberjocks build everything. So I invested $30. and built my own. All the steel I had scrounged up. The post that holds up a large 2 story house I thought would make a secure headstock just by boring a 1 1/2 hole though for the spindle and bolting two bearings to it. Lathed the spindle to accept 1 inch chucks and a step pulley. Next one I make will bore a hole through for a vacumm system. The tailstock I made from a heavy wall regtangular tube, drill stock, and machined the spindle from solid stock. Shrinking a #3 moris tapper in as my machinging skills are not that great. The live centers etc. are pushed out by backing the spindel off just like the real thing except as I found out when I was done you have to turn it opposite. The motor is a scrouged up tablesaw motor. I really like the power and stability. You can hog off up to a 1/2 inch at a pass with green wood. Its a great experience watching the chips fly with a sharpe bowl gouge. I hope this gives you some ideas for a lathe project. When I can find the steel I am thinking of extending the bed to the next post to do some large hollow tunings. The only disadvantage I have found is it can shake the whole house till things get in balance. Not a bad way to get your wife out of bed. most likely you won’t get breakfast.
Thanks for looking and I enjoy your comments, will answer any questions.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia