Custom lathe with attachments diy plans

custom lathe gadget diy machine shop plans

Do you like gadgets? Do you like building gadgets?
If sears or harbor freight tools just aren’t good enough for you, then get your machine shop skills ON and build a custom lathe like it’s 1942 again and the Japanese just bombed Pearl Harbor. If you fell asleep in shop class these plans might be a little over your head, so you may have to take a class at the community college before partaking of the free wisdom that is about to be imparted. Now read slow, you may just learn that was new… in 1942.

TO prevent any misunderstanding, as I do
not wish to start any argument on
lathe design, let me state as briefly as
possible just why this article ever came to
be written at all.
First, then, let it be said that, like many
others, I am very interested in making
accessories, or gadgets as they are now
commonly called, to further the scope of
my lathe.
To facilitate this process, I keep an exact
scale drawing of my present lathe, and
whenever any additional part is required
which I intend to make, reference to the
drawing provides all the measurements
necessary and saves endless time measuring
up on the actual lathe itself, which at its
best can be a dirty job, and dirty hands are
not very helpful on a drawing board.
Evidence that many more like myself are
interested in gadget making, or of otherwise
improving their lathes, will be found by
referring to almost any back number of this
journal, where a multitude of articles have
been written, bringing to light many
excellent ideas for our benefit.
Speaking for myself, I take great interest
in these articles, and many of the ideas set
forth have been adopted to my own needs ;
and as to their success, I have yet to make
one that had to be shelved. Added to this,
many original ideas of my own have been
carried out from time to time, with the
result that I now have available quite a
respectable accumulation of very interesting
and useful gadgets, many of which are in
constant use.
All of these improvements, however, have
been of a minor character, and in no way
alter the basic design of the lathe ; yet I
have often thought, had my lathe been
made of a more plastic material than cast iron,
it would, times without number, have
been moulded into a variety of different
shapes to further the adoption of gadgets!
A Third Hand
One such gadget which, almost of necessity,
requires an alteration of the lathe bed, and
one which I had often desired to make,
might be described as a sort of third hand
to the lathe itself. Something where one
could fasten a piece of work and still have
available the benefits of the wide range of
movements of the slide rest on which to
mount tools or appliances to carry out the
necessary machining.
Yet another gadget desired was one to
solve the difficulty that often crops up,
the devising of some form of auxiliary drive,
adaptable to any rotatable tool which has
to travel about in a variety of directions.
We all know that difficulty, and the overhead
is not always an easy method of
solving it.
I did get over these two difficulties on my
own lathe. be it said in a somewhat nrimative
way ; but it was in the process of drawing
out the design that made me wish for that
more plastic material already referred to.

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