How to Control Revolutions of a Drill Used As a Lathe

Introduction: How to Control Revolutions of a Drill Used As a Lathe

Those who use an electric drill as a lathe might be interested to look at these pictures. You'll see a device that allows you to control the drill's revolution and have both your hands free. The point is that you fix the controlling knob of the drill in a position that gives the number of revolutions you need.

Step 1: A View of the Device

This is another view of the device. I give you a general idea, you are free to improvise as to shape, dimensions, etc.

Step 2: The Set-up Screw

You establish the required number of revolutions by turning this screw.

Step 3: The Nut Is Fixed This Way

The nut of the set-up screw is fixed with 6 small pieces of wood that form a kind of a star. You can choose another arrangement. You can also install a kind of knob on the screw's head, to turn it with your bare hand and not with a screwdriver

Step 4:

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    Alex Kov
    Alex Kov

    4 years ago

    Surely I made the controlling device! You'll see on the pics below how I fixed the drill to the base of my 'lathe'. Wooden pins are from IKEA furniture, their diameter is 10 mm, thus, the drill has three points of support.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    That's really impressive! I used to love doing small projects years ago when I had access to tools and a place to work. The only power tools I own now are a drill and reciprocating saw. Did you build the vice/device to hold and control the drill?