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Step 14: Bench Lathe Idea (later addition)

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Mr. rickharris got me thinking the other day when he asked me “Where will you put the lathe? :-)”
That made me feel that the bench was kind of incomplete so it was back to the drawing board.
Wanted to come up with a lathe system that is made of wood and inexpensive materials that anyone can build.
 
Don’t know if I will build this but at least the possibility is there. So this is what I came up with.

On popular demand I revised my first idea for using a a hand drill as a motor and now there's a bench grinder to that place.
 
The Lathe I design is 39" or 1 meter long and can take up to 2 feet or 60 cm stock. Will be stored under the bench and you can clamp it on top either with clamps or bolts in threaded inserts.
Is made out of a plywood base, two 2X2 pieces of pine with t-tracks will be used as the body. 
A bench Grinder with a pulley is mounted on the base and will act as the motor (thinking of doing the same electrical modifications I did with the drill sander for speed control), a double ended mandrel with bearings and a drill press chuck, and a reverse t-shape hardwood with a threaded rod pointed at one end, some t-nuts and a wooden handle will act as a vise tail to hold firmly the stock and it will run on the two t-tracks of the body.  For tool-rest a piece of T-shape iron rod in a piece of wood with a groove and some wing nuts that wil hold it on the t-tracks could do the job.
 
Maybe another drill chuck in the tail end is also possible as well as a few standard lathe accessories to hold the stock into the drill can work even better.
 
Basically that’s about it, I think it could work.
I am sure there will be better ways to build it, but unless I get down to do a biger research and learn more about lathes I won't know.


BENCH GRINDER
Also now by using the bench grinder as a motor for the lathe I still have the other grinding wheel to use, so the bench now has a Bench Grinder also on it.


Now the bench has everything or is there anything else :-)

Stelios L.A. Stavrinides
Nicosia - Cyprus

Finally I did get to design a Bench Lathe 3 in 1 and you can find it in my instructable here: 

http://www.instructables.com/id/Bench-Lathe-3-in-1-Lathe-Sander-GrinderSharp/

Also to complete the set-up I needed a dust collection system and I choose to build a mini cyclone bucket dust collector which you can see here.
 
 
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nreed41 year ago
How much would it cost the average joe to build one of the carts with the lathe and other machines.
nreed4 nreed41 year ago
Also, could you use a washing machine motor for the lathe? Could you turn metal with it?
My total and unreserved compliments and appreciation for the way you thought out this marvellous workstation AND for a superb and beautifully detailed instructible. Well done steliart
Had a thought on the lathe. You could use the motor out of a tread mill. You can control the speed which I think would work great for a lathe.
thegreat584 years ago
I've been working with wood my whole life, and have every tool known to man. I've been thinking of down sizing and this is an absolutey brilliant solution.
Great ideas I'm very impressed the power tool bench could work very well in the back of a van, roll out work shop! slightly smaller with larger extensions and  every thing quickly removable to leave more work space for each machine as its being used??? thats me busy for the next few days thanks for taking the time to post your ideas.
harvey6394 years ago
 thanks for your help!!!
could you email me the pics and list of components 

speh5561@gordonstoun.org.uk
dumi_bogdan4 years ago
Dear friend,
I enjoyed very much your plan and I DO have to tell you that this is a great plan. I love every part of it from top to bottom. I to have considered myself making a workbench that would be compact, hold all the necessary tools and still give you the space you need to work around it while doing your woodworking.
I do have only one question which is kinda stupid dough and not related... I saw the plan for the lathe... what program did you used for that drawing?
Nothing but the best

Dumi
kleinjahr4 years ago
Nice build. Some good ideas there.I hadn't thought of using a scissor jack for a router lift. Though it does look like you've blocked the motor air  vents for the router, could get expensive if you have. I really like the guard you've made for the sabre/jig saw, very well done. I did something similar, benchtop sabre saw sanding station( an old PM design), some years back., didn't have theguard. The problem with the sabre saw was vibration and the saw kept sliding out of the holding clips when feeding in the work. The latter was a simple and obvious fix, but never did solve the vibration problem .
 That is a nice lathe set up you've designed, but might  I suggest mounting the motor on a hinged plate? This will make it easier to change speeds and also provide tension for your belt.
 Your assembly table idea has been around for sometime, how did you secure it to the sawhorses?  If it is just sitting on top of them, not to secure. I noticed you have a workmate type folding clamp bench in the background. If you have two,then a couple of  appropriately spaced cleats on your table top will clamp in nice and tight.
All in all, a very nice build.
corter0id4 years ago
Realmente sos un genio. Te felicito!!!

On popular demand I revised my first idea for using a a hand drill as a motor to the bench lathe design and now there's a bench grinder to that place.
 
The Lathe I design is 39" or 1 meter long and can take up to 2 feet or 60 cm stock. Will be stored under the bench and you can clamp it on top either with clamps or bolts in threaded inserts.
Is made out of a plywood base, two 2X2 pieces of pine with t-tracks will be used as the body.
A bench Grinder with a pulley is mounted on the base and will act as the motor (thinking of doing the same electrical modifications I did with the drill sander for speed control), a double ended mandrel with bearings and a drill press chuck, and a reverse t-shape hardwood with a threaded rod pointed at one end, some t-nuts and a wooden handle will act as a vise tail to hold firmly the stock and it will run on the two t-tracks of the body.  For tool-rest a piece of T-shape iron rod in a piece of wood with a groove and some wing nuts that wil hold it on the t-tracks could do the job.
 
Maybe another drill chuck in the tail end is also possible as well as a few standard lathe accessories to hold the stock into the drill can work even better.
 
Basically that’s about it, I think it could work.
I am sure there will be better ways to build it, but unless I get down to do a biger research and learn more about lathes I won't know.

Now the bench has everything or is there anything else :-)

Stelios L.A. Stavrinides
Nicosia - Cyprus

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wbchaney4 years ago
Awesome project and awesome instructable, steliart!  It looks like you've been writing for one of my favorite magazines, which is online at www.thefamilyhandyman.com

Keep up the great work!
No I am not a writer and English is not my native language but I get around with it. Thank you for visiting
krakllc4 years ago
Very cool project. One thing to consider for your lathe is that the drill is not meant to have much lateral force applied it. So you may want to consider a sturdy bearing setup with a through rod. You could than connect the drill to the through rod. Or use belts and pulleys to transfer the power. However a drill’s motor will blog down under loads as well. So you might be back to using the benchtop grinder for a power source.

I have not thought of the subject at all yet. The lathe was a 2 days ago addition when someone sugested that it was missing, so I drew it to see if it was possible to fit on the bench also. Alot of people got interested in these field so I better find some time and do something about it. It looks that the drill is not the best choice and a grinder is so I will have to listen to the majority. Thank you very much for the input

Very well made and planned......my hat off to you sir......

OPsqrt6
Thank you
wirzcat4 years ago
You could mount the bench grinder on the workbench and use it to power the lathe.  The motor on it is better for that purpose, as the drill motor is not designed for constant high speed use.  Remove the wheel + housing from one side of the grinder, mount a pulley, and add a belt to the lathe. 
tacuato4 years ago
Looks really cool, congratulations. Obi Wan Kenobi
digimancer4 years ago
 You have got to build this lathe... I just wonder how on earth you would keep it from ripping itself apart...
harvey6394 years ago
 i totally agree it is really good!!!!! :)
can you send me the wiring diagram for the drill sander control box?
Here they are
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laurentio864 years ago
You have all my respect
Your workshop it's awesome