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Lathe Upgrades. 2 axis vice and rotozip - Mill perfect plywood disks.

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THIS INSTRUCTABLE HAS POTENTIAL FOR INJURY MUTILATION OR IN THE WORST CASE DEATH,  I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY SUCH INJURIES, IF YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.


Project:  To add my 2 axis 6" vice to the bed of my wood lathe so could turn perfect disk's from plywood.

I had bought the 2 axis vice at the same time as my wood lathe with plans to build a milling machine. I will post an Instructable on this when it happens.

I often use plywood disks in my projects but find them awkward to cut perfectly round, and I have found that plywood is one of the nastiest things to turn on a wood lathe as it tends to catch very easy and blunts the tools very quickly.

I had planned to make a tool holder to take my wood chisels but found that they where not suitable and downright dangerous when used with the 2 axis vice.

By shear chance I found that my Rotozip was perfectly aligned with the center height of the lathe when fitted into the vice. so I decided to use that to make a simple milling attachment.  I bought the Rotozip about a year ago and had never found a good use for it until now.

Sorry this is not a cheap Instructable the cost of the lathe vice and Rotozip fall in at not shy of £500.  It is just to show how tools you may already have in your workshop may be combined to make a cheap alternative to expensive machinery.

THIS IS NOT DESIGNED TO BE USED WITH A SPINNING LATHE JUST TO HOLD THE ROTOZIP IN PLACE AND ALLOW YOU TO MAKE A MORE CONTROLLED CUT.  I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU GETTING HURT IF YOU DO SOMETHING STUPID WITH A SETUP LIKE THIS.

Thanks for looking, I hope my idea gives you inspiration.

Andy


 
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ringai1 year ago
This would work nicely with an eccentric chuck or faceplate! I have an Joyner eccentric faceplate that can make some really nice looking designs and turnings, but I really dislike turning with it because the tool is so often just "cutting " air as the chuck turns.

Mounting a rotozip and then using the handwheel to rotate the workpiece is a great idea.
kcedgerton3 years ago
This looks like a great addition to a wood lathe, I bet that it would make some of my projects easier, especially the wooden ball bearing... I just need to get one of those vices. does it need to be a 6" or will a smaller one work?
Dr Qui (author)  kcedgerton3 years ago
the vices come in 4" and 6" it would depend on the type of rotary cutting tool you have, the things i just happened to have just happen to to suite each other, this was not planned before purchase. The setup works better on hard woods and has only been used to mill plywood disks so far.
luvit4 years ago
i own power tools, too. show me howz to pimp my bench vise.