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Forum topic by ghazard posted 03-23-2010 03:21 PM 1441 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2010 03:21 PM

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What do you think? Is this possible? Any suggestions? I don’t have a lathe but want to make one for my sister’s wedding this fall.

I’m thinking a “box” structure with an inner dimension smaller than the min ID needed for the mill internals. I have a big drill press for boring the internals.

Then contour and shape the outside using roundover bits and such on a router table.

This idea is only about 15min old in my head so I’m trying to identify the issues I’ll run into.

Has anyone every tried this?



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#1 posted 03-23-2010 03:42 PM

Nope. Haven’t tried it, but it sounds fascinating….

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 03:54 PM

I don’t see any problems offhand, it’s certainly worth a try. Be sure and use food safe glues when assembling the box.

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 04:09 PM

I think this could be neat. Consider doing a 6 or 8 sided one, doing the glue up like you were making a slatted vase or bowl. Use a round over or beading bit on the top outside edge before glue up, maybe even fluting the sides. Then after glue up, use a forstner bit to drill the proper size holes in the top and bottom. I think it is doable, and would be quiet nice when done. Good luck!

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 04:15 PM

I’ve seen jigs that allow you to box in a piece of stock and use a spiral upcutting bit in a router to generate round turnings for columns on a fireplace. I’ve also seen someone rig up a drill on a bracket to make a small lathe.

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