25 Sep. 1981|
Build a wood lathe from scratch,high gloss wood finish paint,diy workbench with folding legs - For Outdoors
With the exception of turned wooden pulleys and the form to cast a flywheel, you can build this efficent treadle lathe with a few hand tools. Spindle height is such to enable one to pedal the lathe from either a standing or sitting position. Although I know other people have built lathes themselves, after an enormous amount of looking on Google, I saw most homemade lathes involve casting and milling, as well as using off the shelf components like chucks and tapers. Signing UpStep 1: DecisionsSo, if you are reading this, you must be interested in building a homemade lathe.
Being only a high school student, I wanted to experiment with a lathe without having to spend hundreds of dollars that I don't have.
I ended up using almost all scrap materials from my basement, so there is no need to follow my materials choices.
Because your design choices will vary, this article is more of a record of how I built this one, rather than a manual for building yours.
I managed to build this lathe in about a week, with not much more than a cordless drill, a drill press, a jigsaw, and assorted hand tools. For the first version of my lathe, I decided to just stick with wood and see if I could come up with something that actually worked.
I decided to try to make a wood lathe for pieces up to 4 inches in diameter and about 30 inches long, although I will not be trying something that big until I get more practice with small items, like tops, chess pieces, other little toys.
I've been hit in the face with a piece of wood that shot off a circular saw, it missed my eye by a centimeter.