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Forum topic by Brett posted 08-16-2011 07:40 PM 5163 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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08-16-2011 07:40 PM

I have an old cribbage board (given to me by my grandmother) that is shaped like a battleship. When the little brass scoring pegs are not in use, they are stored in holes in the “turrets” of the battleship that make them look like the ship’s guns.

One or two of the brass pegs are missing and I’d like to try to make replacements. I don’t have a lathe, but I have a drill press, and I’ve seen examples of using a vertical drill press being used for light lathe-type work.

Does anyone have experience using a drill press as a lathe? Are there any special considerations I need to be aware to avoid damaging the drill press, and are there any safety issues I need to be aware of?

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#1 posted 08-16-2011 09:24 PM

Don’t use a drill press for a lathe. Those drill press/lathe kits are lousy and try working vertically, ugh. Go to a good hobby shop and buy the diameter brass rod you need and cut your pieces out of it.

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#2 posted 08-16-2011 09:37 PM

Bjohn, I forgot to explain that the brass rod needs to be tapered in several stages, not a constant diameter. That’s why I was asking about a make-shift lathe.

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#3 posted 08-16-2011 10:21 PM

For small items like cribbage pegs it can be done. But it is a great excuse to buy a nice small lathe. Something used for $100 or less woud be a great find and something new to learn.
MIKE

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 11:40 PM

I’m not sure where I’ve seen it, but I seem to remember someone makeing a lathe out of a corded drill where the drill hooked to a shaft that penitrated a block of wood, and there was another ajustable block on the other side that had a nail, or screw that worked like a live center. Or maybe what mtenterprises said.

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#5 posted 08-17-2011 12:26 AM

You can probably have those plus a couple of spares made by a retired machinist for less then $20. Take one in and he can reproduce them in short order.

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#6 posted 08-17-2011 12:40 AM

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#7 posted 08-17-2011 12:50 AM

heres a grizzly version of the drill powered late http://www.grizzly.com/products/Hobby-Lathe/H2669 sorry about the last post I was trying to add the picture of this lathe, and was unable to delete post.

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#8 posted 08-17-2011 07:40 AM

: ^ )

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#9 posted 08-17-2011 08:01 AM

Is 1/2” 10 amp 0-1200 rpm range drill good for a little lathe like this ?

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#10 posted 08-17-2011 02:33 PM

Ya know I’ve got an old lathe similar to that I’d let go for $10. You’d have to get or make some kind of drive center for it though.

Bertt – As Grandpa said see a local machinist and have it done or send me a sample and the material and I’ll spin them out for you.

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#11 posted 08-17-2011 08:21 PM

The pegs are typical of cribbage board pegs. Probably 1/8” or 3/16” in diameter at the most, and about 1” to 1.5” long.

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#12 posted 08-18-2011 02:38 PM

I’ve found 1/8” brass rod http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/k+s/k+s164.htm

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#13 posted 08-18-2011 02:45 PM

What I use to do when I was makeing crib boards in high shcool was use duplex nails and grind the point of the nail round and then grind the first headthe same dia. as the shaft of the nail and round the end. Buff that up on the grinder with the old buffing wheel and some rouge. And those became the pegs.

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