Check out this cool wood shop-made lathe

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Loren posted 03-05-2011 03:13 AM 7594 views 2 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Loren's profile


10476 posts in 3669 days

03-05-2011 03:13 AM

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

Wooden lathe

7 replies so far

View EEngineer's profile


1103 posts in 3635 days

#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!"

View brianinpa's profile


1812 posts in 3744 days

#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.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

View a1Jim's profile


117113 posts in 3599 days

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

That is cool thanks Loren

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View Dandog's profile


250 posts in 2796 days

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

You see that everyday.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


18283 posts in 3697 days

#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

View Dakkar's profile


324 posts in 1949 days

#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!

View Dakkar's profile


324 posts in 1949 days

#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.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics