Three-jaw chucks are useful when turning small pieces at low speed, and permits multi-axis turning. This shop-made chuck can be made from scraps of maple and a few machine screws.
Dissatisfied with your current tool rest? Wish you had a longer or shorter one? Help is on the way. With a limited bit of foresight, ingenuity, and money you can make all the tool rests that you will ever need.
This is one method for making an Index wheel. There are many other ways. This one is for a Jet mini lathe. It goes between the handwheel and the headstock. I use plastic sheeting that I get from the scrap bin of my local sign shop.
Turners frequently have a need for shop made jigs or fixtures designed to thread onto the spindle of their lathe. While 1 inches-8 and 1-1/8 inches-8 are probably the most common diameter/pitch combinations, they are not sizes stocked at the local big box store. Here is my lathe threading jig.
by Ken Grunke – Inspired by Don Derrys adaption of Marco Beraras design, which Don posted in the WoW File Cabinet on Jan. 28, 2007. After seeing that lathe duplicator rig, my version was hastily cobbled together using spare parts from my scrap bins. Easily put together using salvaged/found parts, or purchased off the shelf.
This is my solution to turning bottle stoppers. It originally appeared as an article in More Woodturning a couple years ago…
By Joe in a Cleveland Suburb – A couple of weeks ago I asked about making your own lathe tool sharpening jig. You all pointed me to several resources. I put all that together and came up with this version. All I did was take scrap pieces of walnut, a couple cherry plywood shorts, and some scrap poplar, glued and screwed it all together and here it is! (No dimensions, and little instruction, but there are good pictures. Enough info to help you make your own.)
I study medieval woodworking a lot, and I have always wanted to try out the medieval style lathe. The major difference between this type, …
To make most tools you need to be able to turn a handle, drill a hole, cut a piece of steel, tap the hole in the steel, and put it all together. Since tapping is no harder than driving a screw, you have probably done all this. We just have to put it all together and make this lathe tool.
About a month ago, I picked up a Jet 1642 EVS 1 1/2 HP lathe. Since I am primarily a bowl turner, I wanted to raise the lathe up to a more comfortable height. And while the Jet 1642 does weigh 435 lbs by itself, (IMHO) a ballast box for adding some weight would only improve its performance. Information is copyright of its respective owners.