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Topic by Edgar | last reply
I salvaged an AC motor from an old water pump I found on the side of the road and want to use it to make a simple lathe for turning green wood bowls and cups. I was thinking about using a floor flange as the face plate, a nipple for the shaft and pillow bearing blocks to support it. This assembly would be driven by a v belt and controlled by the speed controller from a jig saw. I attached pictures of the components and a simple cad drawing of the assembly. Do you think this would be functional? Any recommendations?
Topic by ischaren | last reply
My father-in-law told me that he has an old lathe in the basement, it was his father-in-law's. I've been wanting to get a lathe, but not really being able to afford anything, but I'm not sure if this is any good or even worth trying to work with. I don't know what's missing (but I know things are missing). Missing parts may be in the basement, but I have no clue what I'm looking for. Edit: I got the picture of just the lathe to upload finally.
Question by AndrewD2 | last reply
Can someone please help me identify this tool? I believe it is a tool for wood turning possibly. Wheel is approx 3-1/8" diameter. Length of tool is approx 17" from butt to wheel shaft. Wheel has small, flat cut teeth. Parts appear to be steel and brass. There are no mfgr stamps or hallmarks.
Question by stephenj007 | last reply
For example I've made a item, that most parts made by lathe (metal) and i think it's cool enough to submit. Is it good or is it bad, because it is too specialized and not everyone has access to a lathe or is owner of one (like me)? On the other hand, i see many things submitted here are made by a 3D printer, that many people, like me too, not own.
Question by lathe_makeatio | last reply
I recently snagged a midi lathe to teach myself how to lathe. However, I live in a studio apartment. My landlord has approved the lathe and use of it, however, I did not realize just how much dust this produces. As such, I was wondering if anyone has made or knows of someone who has made a dust shield for a midi lathe. Preferable, collapsible.
Question by DoctorWoo | last reply
I am going to get a sip 1 metre wood lathe starter pack but there are a few things i wish to clarify before i get it: .do i need a faceplate or a chuck to hold the wood and if so where can i get one to fit my lathe? .the lathe bed is in 2 pieces so can i take the second piece off for turning small pieces? .is the bed sturdy enough to use on it's own or will it need to be mounted? i really aprecieate any help anyone can give me and i would love it if you could point me in the direction of woodturning advice!!! thanks!!! cm
Question by thecookiemonster | last reply
Can anyone suggest a simple way to accurately drill a hole in the end of a dowel so that it's perfectly centred and parallel to the sides? I want to install hardware in two brush shafts to make a break-down pole that will support a tarp, and will fit in a car boot. If you imagine the brass hardware you see in a snooker cue, you'll get the idea. I could make a jig to hold, and align, the drill and dowel but it's a lot of fuss for a rig I probably won't ever use again.
Topic by barista | last reply
There's an older metal lathe that's going to the scrap yard, a reed-prentice co., looks to be from the 40's, and I could probably get it for scrap price. Would it be worth fixing up and using? I don't need to hit super-tight tolearances with it, just turning parts as a hobbyist / beginner. What questions should I ask about it? What should be there for it to be complete?
Question by Nate Cougill | last reply
I have a three phase lathe, but only single phase in my shop. Is there a way to easily convert single phase to three phase?
Question by qparker | last reply
Hi Everyone, I'm a self employed engineer from Lincolnshire, England. I have a Lathe and Milling machine for doing small jobs and projects. I would like to offer my services at to the instructables at very competitive prices. If you email me a sketch of what you need making I can draw it in CAD for you to approve. We can sort out payment and delivery on a job by job basis. Thanks for reading. Pleas PM me if you're interested.
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Question by Bigbloosky | last reply
Hey I'm looking for the name and/or other informations about this lathe attachment http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1525424/how_its_made_silver_miniatures/ used for turning (silver) disks into "bowls" (I'm talking about the attachment used for holding the disks) really hope you can help me!! thanks :)
Question by lordl9999 | last reply
Is there anyone in the UK that could do this for me at a reasonable price? I have some pieces of aluminium 25mm round bar that I need some simple turning work done on. I need one end of the bar taking down to 24mm and a 25mm deep hole threaded to take a 1/4 UNC bolt in the other end, Other aluminium 25mm round bars need a 25mm deep hole threaded to take a 1/4 UNC bolt in one end and a 25mm deep hole threaded to take a 3/8 UNC bolt in the other end. I am in Reading Berkshire.
Topic by yellowcatt | last reply
Has anyone ever seen or built any kind of rotary tool that was driven by the inertia of a large, heavy flywheel? I have seen kick wheels for pottery, but i am curious about a vertical flywheel. Lathe, Grinder, pump.... Seems like you could attach a treadle to a pedal assebly of an old bicycle to drive the flywheel....if the pedal assembly was the free wheeling kind, and there was something pulling the treadle back up, it would only power the flywheel when the treadle was pushed down.
Question by ClandestineIntestine | last reply
You could tack/spot weld a small size of tube steal a (1/2" or 1") underneath the bottom side of the angle iron @ the 90 degree bend. This would make the Lathe rails/bed a lot stronger. Tube Steel would be the best option because it wouldn't bend or Flex like Roll Steel might. You can hold a long say a 10' piece of roll steal up and you can see it bow some. Then hold a 10' piece of Tube Steel up and compare the difference of bow in the two. Angle iron would be a second choice. PK
Question by Paul King
I am thinking of running machine shop training courses in the UK for those interested in learning how to really use lathes and other big shop equipment. The idea is subject to insurance company permission etc. but I wanted to gauge if there was any potential interest from people here (obviously only those based in the UK, unless you really want to commute) I'd expect costs to be something like 50 GBP per day + materials, and no more than two or three people per session, keeping the ratio of machines to people as 1:1. We'll probably try and do "group projects" as well as bring your own. The idea of group projects is that every ones gets to make more than one of something, to get techniques sorted out, and then we combine everyones work into assemblies - collaboration at its finest. Steve
Topic by steveastrouk
Ive been working on building a lathe for a couple months. My first idea was a spring pole lathe but for several reason that did not work. What cheap tool would be best to power a small pen lathe. Ive been looking around and have seen several people use drills. Is there a better option. I will probably order it from harbor freight . Thanks
Question by imthatguy1125 | last reply
I am thinking of investing on a wood lathe. I have seen a few lathes of different sizes. I would like to turn bowls, dishes, chalice and even mortars out of wood. What should I need to look for on a lathe? It is size important? Thank you very much once again! You are the best!
Question by blkhawk | last reply
I have a variable speed motor from an old fan and I plan on using it for a small lathe. I will be turning foam and soft wood chess pieces and goblets. Will it be ok to leave a pulley system off?
Question by imthatguy1125 | last reply
Ive been interested in building a spring pole lathe and have noticed many are about 8 feet tall. Im planning on using a bungee cord as the spring so as long as theres room for the spring to stretch would 6 feet work as well. Thanks
Question by imthatguy1125 | last reply
I like lathes and have always wanted one. I want to make a very simple, small, lathe for wood. I want it to be pretty simple and easy to build. Perfect for small spindles and similar things. If someone could give me some good instructions on how to make one, I would be very greatful.
I was wanting to install my tv on my wall but i have a lath and plaster wall so i need to know the best way since it is a plasma and is quite heavy
The intended use is for a miniature lathe, but I don't know the first thing about hooking up a motor! Can I just solder the connections to a plug and plug it in?
Question by Daenw64 | last reply
Hi All, I need to create a slot as shown in the attached graphic. It needs to be precise and repeatable - ideally in one pass. I have these tools that might help... Lathe Drill Router Grinder I don't have a mill which is what I think I need. Any suggestions? Thanks, Marc P.S. The squared corners at the top of the slot are not required. They can be round (such as would be created by a drill bit or other rotating tool).
Question by makermarc | last reply
I am wanting to build a lathe for turning larger projects (hollow wooden shells: up to 29" wide, about 30"-32" long, 1.5" thick all the way around). I have the motor, belts, drive wheels, etc... I just need to know what would be the best for mounting or housing a taper bearing. Would I absolutely need two of them (or more)? I am using a taper bearing because it is better for handling larger weight and stress.
Question by Sneezus | last reply
I've been looking everywhere for details on what kind of tools and wax to use. Anyone know any good sites or instructables?
Question by kissingfrog | last reply
Just wanted to post pix of my first bowl, it's turned from endgrain green wood, either Chinese Tallow or Chinaberry, I forget which, found it on the roadside. Finished with wax, it is now slowly drying whilst wrapped in brown paper, hopefully it will dry without cracking.
Topic by Tool Using Animal | last reply
Hi, I have an old Dunlap Model 103-0602 wood lathe. It has step pulleys to adjust the speed. One pulley is on the lathe head and turns the center shaft. The other pulley is on the shaft of the motor. The motor is 1/3 HP , 1725 rpm's and has a 5/8 shaft. The pulley on the motor shaft is 4", 3 1/4", 2 1/2" and 1 3/4 " . I am having trouble measuring around the pulley on the head of the lathe are they usually the same size? Well can anyone help me? Thanks Frank
Question by tall1smokey | last reply
Would I be able to power a wood lathe just using a weed wacker motort? Would I be able to hook a chuck right to it or would I have to use a system of pulleys. I just want to be able to turn small wooden goblets and pens.
Question by imthatguy1125 | last reply
I recently built a spring pole lathe and I have not been able to turn any thing yet due to my lack of tools. The cheap set I ordered turned out to be small, flimsy, and arrived broken, they are being returned for a refund. I need a good gouge but dont want to spend 20 bucks for the tool when the whole lathe cost 14 bucks. I was thinking of taking a steel electrical EMS pipe and cutting it in half. Then sharpening the inside edge with a file. Would this work? Is there a better way of doing this or do I just need to go ahead and but the 20 dollar gouge for Harbor Freight. Thanks
Question by imthatguy1125 | last reply
I've got an old Dunlap 103-0602 wood lathe (http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=9331 - not my post but that's what I have), but the measurements for the pulley seem very strange and irregular. Anybody know of a 4-step pulley with 2-3/4", 2-1/4", 1-3/8", and 15/16" steps? It's 2.5" wide total on a 5/8" arbor, which are easy to find on McMaster Carr and the like, but those measurements aren't evenly spaced or findable anywhere I've looked online so far. So, first question is does anybody know where I can find a pulley like that? And if not, anybody know a way to easily get the pulley off the arbor? It's pretty old and gunked up - some WD-40 loosened up the bearing like butter, but no such luck on the pulley itself, squirting through the set-screw holes. I've got a motor and everything, I'd love to make this usable, but need some advice. Got any?
Question by Runeshai | last reply
Hi there, I have done metal work on lathes and milling machines at school and I found it very interesting and good fun. I am interested in doing some metal work of my own as a hobby. I do not want to go into it all guns blazing straight away incase I do not get on with it very well. My question is should I buy a metal lathe or a milling machine to start with, I have a maximum budget of about £400 but I still want quality machines. It seems to me that I can make a wider range of projects with a milling machine but a lathe allows me to make screw threads and bore holes etc which would be useful. I have seen lathes which have a milling machine attachment on them but I think it would be better to have it as a separate unit. I would be very grateful for people opinions on this, but remember that I am a complete beginner with a budget!!! Thanks Ben B.
Topic by Beninstructablesbryant | last reply
I was wondering, in a general sense how people make more accurate tools from less accurate ones. More specifically, I was reading about reprap and it said it was possible to make components of itself from other previous repraps. However, the errors in them would compound and make less and less accurate/precise models. Therefore there would be some limit to how many times it could replicate. But, for instance. A lathe requires an accurate/precise leadscrew to control x axis motion. Using a lathe it is possible to make another leadscrew however this would be less accurate/precise than the one already on the machine. So for my true question. How do they make more accurate ones than the previous ones. If all the current lathes in the world are +- 1mm then how would you make the next set of lathes that are more accurate/precise than that without a piece of machinery that originally had better accuracy. (sort of a chicken and egg problem) Is there some type of machine or algorithm or something that allows a machine to make something that is more accurate/precise than itself. Thanks
Question by louey | last reply
So, I have 5 young nephews (5 - 12) that are super into Harry Potter. I want to make them individual, unique wands for Christmas. Not so much “traditional” HP style wands, but ones geared to each of their individual personalities. I am highly skilled with (and own) all major wood working hand tools and stationary tools, except (crucially) a lathe. Plus a lot of basic metal working tools. The goal - I would like to build a lathe like appliance, that would hold small wand sized branches / sticks, and execute assorted procedures on the branch... 1st - allow me to turn the workpiece at variable speeds (because most will not be straight). A sliding router jig would allow me to rough round theme most irregular pieces at a low lathe spin rate. I’m not so worried about achieving this goal. 2nd - I need one mandrel to be lockable (so I can inlay details with my router, for example). 3rd - I need to be able to INDEX and LOCK the mandrel at least at 6 to 12 positions (or 60 degree to 30 degree positions) - preferably the 12 position so I can make 90 degree faces, too). Unlimited stop options would be ideal, of course. This allows me to create all kinds of faceted surfaces and textures with different bits or tools. So, the obvious answer is go buy a wood lathe with an indexable and lockable mandrel. But I can’t find a cheap one, and I am a touch cash poor right now. I assume there must be a machinist mandrel head that will index like I’m describing, that I could build into my homemade appliance and power with a variable speed motor. But my main problem i have found is that I do not know the correct terminology. Any help? Thanks! Colin
Question by cnaughtin | last reply