Introduction: Lathe Banjo Lock

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Build a wood lathe banjo lock.

Step 1: Design

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Scribble some ideas.

Step 2: Hardware

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1 bolt, 2 nuts and a washer.

Step 3: Wood

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Cut a 2x4 to size and drill a hole in the center.

Step 4: Fasten Bolt

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Fasten the bolt to the wood so it protrudes from one side and tighten.

Step 5: Fasten Banjo

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Fasten the lock to the banjo. Use a wrench to tighten. If you want a more durable lock with greater movement another design follows.

Step 6: Hardware

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Bolt, nut, round washer, square washer.

Step 7: Measure

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Mark the washers for resizing.

Step 8: Cut

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Saw or grind the washers to size.

Step 9: File

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Fine tune the shape of the washers to perfectly fit the lathe bed.

Step 10: Weld

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Weld the two washers together. I cold welded with JB.

Step 11: Nut

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Weld the nut to the bottom of the square washer.

Step 12: Felt

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This step is optional. I found the unit slid on the bed better with a fabric layer. Epoxy thin felt to the washer surface and trim.

Step 13: Finger Lever

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Cut some metal to size and use as a finger lever. This avoids the necessity of using a wrench to adjust the banjo.

Step 14: Round

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Round the edges.

Step 15: Weld

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Weld the pieces to the top of the bolt head.

Step 16: Test

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Put the lock to use and work out any bugs.


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