Step 11: An Alternative Solution:

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I don't know about you people, but me here where I am, I will have a problem to find the tailstock hardware to put the lathe in motion, and if ever I decide to build this lathe I will have to face a very big dilemma.

One is finding things that will not match exactly, and I will have to ask help from a professional mechanic to fit everything together. That will be very-very costly, time consuming, and it's not worth it.

The other option I have is to import all the necessary hardware and motor from overseas, that also will be costly, so I might as well buy a new factory made lathe and save myself the trouble.

But there's a third solution which I thought about, and I believe it just might do the trick for me or you.
Do you remember those inexpensive Chinese drill presses that you can buy for about 60 dollars?
Maybe if you can get your hands on a second hand drill press?
That will be fantastic.

You will be wondering what to do with the drill press... well a drill press has most of the necessary and matching hardware we need to build the lathe.
It has a strong 400W motor (1/2HP), the two pulleys with the belt, has a strong shaft, bearings and a chuck, so you have almost everything you need and they match together.
Since the pulleys have 5 steps they give the following speeds:
2650 - 1650 - 1220 - 850 - 580 RPM more than enough speed choices for lathe turning.

So there you have it,
a 3 in 1 Bench Lathe - Sander - Grinder/Sharpener
I hope you enjoy the instructable and found it interesting.

If you decide to build it, it will be nice to post some picture and tell us your experience in building and turning with it.

All comments, suggestions, information and ideas are welcome

Stelios L.A. Stavrinides
Nicosia - Cyprus

Bujholm5 months ago

correction here - the bearings of a drill press are not designed to withstand lateral pressures so may fail fairly quickly. But then, finding a couple of good bearings is easier I presume. And the rest - perfect for the job.

arkan033992 years ago
Μπράβο πατριώτη , πολύ καλό ...συνέχισε έτσι...χαιρετίσματα από Κρήτη.
kleinjahr4 years ago
Yet another nice idea, well done. I didn't notice any means to lock the tail center in position, vibration can loosen it. Causes all kinds of problems. I'm not really fond of the position of the motor. Personal preference is to have it out of the way. Though I have seen commercial lathes with the motor in that position.
You suggestion about using a drill press is good, I've seen where someone did it. Sorry can't remember where I saw it, maybe it was another 'ible.