Introduction: Mini Lathe Machine for Woodworking

About: Tecnical Teacher

Hi Makers,

We're interested in a homemade mini lathe project for a while. If you want to do small jobs and make yourself happy, this mini lathe is for you.

Step 1: Let's See Previous Project

Some of you will remember the CNC machine we have done before. You can check this link on instructable or above video. Watched 40 K times. We were very happy. Thanks for your all good words and wishes. We have received very nice feedback for the CNC machine that we have made from our valuable followers.

So we think what can we do like this project, maybe again you love it...

And now We are back with a new project. " MINI LATHE MACHINE FOR WOODWORKING "

Step 2: About Mini Lathe Machine

I think there is a workshop of his own, and I don't think he has the envy of turning or milling machines.

In this series of videos, we will examine how to make a precision lathe for your workshop. If you want to make your own mini lathe, please do not forget to review our video. We will try to produce a lathe that can make the most precise wood work that can be done under the conditions of home workshop.

Of course, the workbench we will do is not for industrial purposes, but will be bench-top mini lathes. This outstanding mini lathe is ideal for use in labs, workshops, engineering and educational settings.

In this project, our 3d printer was our biggest helper. We have designed and produced some parts that we use in lathe. The parts are made quite robust. no doubt about this issue. we've added the required 3d printer files below to download them.

Step 3: Features :

- High-precision, stability, low noise;

- Designed for the home DIY enthusiasts, small and portable, strong power;

- Transparent plexiglass shield,

- Large torque ball bearing motor.

The dimensions of the lathe we designed are:

Length: 50 cm

width: 15 cm

height: 12 cm

Step 4: ​Precautions:

1. If the user does not have lathe base experience, when used, should follow: low speed, slowly, cautiously and other security operations.

2. The speed can be adjusted in 1000-8000RPM, cut wood should not exceed 4000, grinding can use higher speed.

3. Drill chuck axis, the axis of the wood, the tailstock center axis of the drill should be in a straight line, or need to adjust the nut.

4. If not a cylinder, the speed should be reduced.

5. Tailstock bearing without lock tight.

6. When using a knife, locking the bottom of screw, location should be away from timber 1-1.5cm.

7. If you do not really understand the operation, it is best to consult a professional person.

Step 5: Let's Start Project

if you are here, you want to make this project. Thanks. So I dont want to talk more, let's get start.

Firstly, you need some materials and equipments. You will find them next step

Step 6: Materials & Equipments

As you can see in pics, we have some metrials and equipments. these are 3d printable parts , metals , woods, plex, and screw and nuts.


3D Printable Parts:

1 x Motor Holder

1 x Bearing Holder

1 x Carving Knife Support

1 x Drivetrain

6 x Corners

Mechanical Parts:

12-24 V DC Motor

Screw & Nuts:

4 x ( 7cm - R:5 mm)

2 x ( 2.5 cm - R: 5mm)

1 x ( 3 cm - R: 4mm )

8 x Nickel Plated T nut ( 1.5 cm - R: 4mm )


Wood Drilling Hole Tool


1 x (15,5 cm x 13,5 cm) - Top Edge

2 x (11 cm x 13,5 cm) - Left & Right Edge

1 x (11 cm x 14 cm) - Back Edge

Aluminum Profile 2 x 48 cm

Step 7: Building...

We are starting firstly with motor holder and bearing holder. As you can see in pics, we put it some screws on it. And you can watch this timeline is 2:38

Step 8: Strength and Durable

We want to make more strength. So we you some woods. In pics, now it was more durable. So there will be no trembling, shaking and slipping.

Step 9: Assembling Motor and Hole Tool

We have now body for Lathe. And assembling motor to body. We design motor holder for our dc motor. Maybe if you have different motor sizes, you redesign 3d plan. Please dont forget this. Check pictures or watch timeline is 5:34

And than, we added drivetrain for Wood Drilling Hole Tool. As you can check pics you will find or watch timeline is 6:28

Step 10: Security Measure

Workplace health and safety or Occupational safety and health is important for us. Due to risks, we have we have to take some precautions. So we made a cover for motor. As you can see in pic. we used plexiglass as transparent.

We talk about plexiglass dimentions on first steps. You can find details there.

Step 11: Assembling Cover

Assemble is very simple. You can put easly. You can check pic or watch video timeline is 11:27

Step 12: And Let's Work

And now you are on last step. Trying. As you can see in pic, we tried may times and we had very nice results. You will see.

I hope you can get better than us.

Step 13: Files

If you want to make this project , you have to need 3D printable parts.

3D Printer Parts : ( Download Link)

12 v DC Motor :

Driller hole tool:

Aluminium Profile:

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