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Forum topic by Loren posted 03-05-2011 03:13 AM 6964 views 2 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2011 03:13 AM

I wonder where the guy got the idea. Looks like a nice wooden machine.

Wooden lathe

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#1 posted 03-05-2011 04:46 AM

Maybe here

or here

There’s quite a number of sites out there! Before someone gave me one, I was seriously considering building my own. A lathe isn’t really the most complicated of woodworking tools.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 05:45 AM

I would think that these would have to be bolted to an immovable object to prevent them from walking around the shop when something big is chucked up. The one photo EEnginer linked to has two cement blocks, but I would think that still isn’t enough for really big pieces.

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 05:47 AM

That is cool thanks Loren

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 03-06-2011 06:43 AM

You see that everyday.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#5 posted 03-06-2011 10:43 AM

I always wanted to build one since I saw Roy’s. just another of the 1000 things i’ll never get to ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 05:35 AM

Plans for this lathe appeared in Fine Woodworking magazine. The article has appeared in 2 Fine Woodworking books, both of which I have. The plans are on page 72 of FW’s Lathe and Turning Techniques. The author says he spent $179.25 (pre-1986). The ways are 12’ 2×8s. You won’t find any 12 foot lathes at Woodcraft!

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 05:38 AM

Oh, that book is still available on Amazon: Lathe and Turning Techniques. It’s a very good book, too, made up of old FW articles.

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