Last update I had given up on the lathe stand and moved everything to the workbench but I still didn’t have a good system for variable speed. Well, no more cone pulleys, countershafts, or underpowered AC motors… I bought an old treadmill with a 1 HP DC motor and hooked it up.
The block of ipe you see on the lathe was the breaking point. The 1/3 HP motor would just turn it and once I laid tool to wood, everything would slow to a crawl. That prompted me to go find a proper motor. The new (to me) DC motor doesn’t even know the ipe is there, doesn’t care. It’s also scary fast for a lathe that was designed for treadles and jackshafts, gotta keep the power down.
I reused parts of the frame and original motor mount. It’s ugly but I’ll take care of that.
Basic box over the frame. Next I’ll enclose the motor and build a control panel.
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