Making a Vacuum Adapter for Wood Lathe

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Blog entry by woodshopmike posted 01-16-2015 08:04 PM 1235 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wanting to use a vacuum chuck on my lathe so first thing I needed was a way to get vacuum to the spindle.

Lucky for me, or not so lucky, my spindle has a hole cross drilled into it! This made my project a bit more involved, but still successful. I used a threaded lamp rod to supply vacuum through the spindle along with a couple of ball bearings, pipe fittings, and two spindle adapters I turned.

All the meat and potatoes is in my post, Make a Vacuum Adapter For Your Lathe. It’s a quick read and you could probably just look through the pictures to figure it out.

BTW, learn from my mistake and don’t use push to connect fittings… I was totally bummed about that :(


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#1 posted 01-17-2015 04:05 AM

Thanks Mike . Useful information and nice of you to do the foot work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 01-21-2015 08:56 PM

Glad you like it Dave!


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