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my home made lathe - 12-22-2007, 11:54 AM

Thanks to all the guys that posted their lathes and their idea's. This is the one I put together after Bigskyjake showed me the one he made. I had to build a trigger adjustment cause I bought a cheap drill at the pawn shop without one. I also built the cradle to slide for obvious reasons.I wired an off/on switch into it to make it easier to use and "presto mundo" here it is. Don
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12-22-2007, 12:03 PM

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cool - 12-22-2007, 12:14 PM

looks like it will get the job done!!
  
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12-22-2007, 12:22 PM

Nice lathe ideas. I did not see the prior threads.

I think I would like to make one of these.

What are you using for a chuck?
  
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12-22-2007, 12:29 PM

The drill is 3/8 chuck. The bolt is a 2 in. x 1/4 thread. There is a metal washer with a hole already in the crutch cup.


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12-22-2007, 12:30 PM

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What are you using for a chuck?
A rubber crutch tip. Its a better idea to chuck up a joint pin in the drill and spin it that way.
I will add...I don't recommend these set ups as I've had to repair far too many shafts that have been damaged numerous ways with these homemade projects.
Good luck though with yours...hopefully you'll not need to spend some real money with your cuemaker in the future for repairs.


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12-22-2007, 12:36 PM

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A rubber crutch tip. Its a better idea to chuck up a joint pin in the drill and spin it that way.
I will add...I don't recommend these set ups as I've had to repair far too many shafts that have been damaged numerous ways with these homemade projects.
Good luck though with yours...hopefully you'll not need to spend some real money with your cuemaker in the future for repairs.
Thank you. I hear what you are saying about getting myself in trouble and I will be careful. Of course the last time I tried to be careful someone made money on the repairs so you are probably right
  
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12-22-2007, 12:37 PM

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A rubber crutch tip. Its a better idea to chuck up a joint pin in the drill and spin it that way.
I will add...I don't recommend these set ups as I've had to repair far too many shafts that have been damaged numerous ways with these homemade projects.
Good luck though with yours...hopefully you'll not need to spend some real money with your cuemaker in the future for repairs.
Granted, it has it's limitations but if you use your head it does what you expect it to do. I only work tips and clean shafts. But I do agree that joint pins would be much better and I plan on getting a set. But for now this is what I've got and I'm havin' fun. Don


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slow down - 12-22-2007, 12:55 PM

would slowing the drill soeed down help stay out of trouble??? just thought i would ask. how fast do you have to spin it for different types of repairs??
  
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? - 12-22-2007, 01:01 PM

Was that the rubber from the bottom of a crutch. Thats too funny.

Not bad for your first try.
  
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12-22-2007, 01:26 PM

Man,I would have loaned you $99 for a craftsman.
  
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12-22-2007, 01:38 PM

I've seen the kind of trouble you can get into using a drill as a lathe...

Without going into details about why, basically the cheap bearings in the spindle of the drill tend to produce a "three lobed" circle. They just aren't designed for side loading like lathe bearings are.

Anyone ever tried to make a largish hole in aluminum with a hand drill? Notice how the hole isn't very round - more like rounded triangular. That's the same phenomenon.

Don't get me wrong - I love DIY projects, and that thing might be just fine for doing tips, BUT:

I'd be fairly wary of putting anything in that "lathe" that you want to keep round. I'd never consider doing a "shaft cleaning" (sandpapering a spinning shaft) with that. But then I'll only use a magic erasor to do that since I don't like the idea of removing wood just to make my shaft look cleaner.

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12-22-2007, 01:49 PM

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That's what I was thinking. $89 at Harbor Freight.
  
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12-22-2007, 02:41 PM

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That's what I was thinking. $89 at Harbor Freight.


The other problem bisides the using the crutch tip is the shaft rest. It is very easy to become involved with the tip and get the shaft too hot where it rests. And this will cause the wood in that particular place to expand. Otherwise, not too bad.


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12-22-2007, 03:01 PM

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