This two point lathe steady rest prevents long, thin work-pieces from flexing as you turn them on the lathe.
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.
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.)
Donut chucks and cole jaws have both been around for a long time. I decided to combine them to make a new version of a donut chuck that centers the turning.
An earlier article in More Woodturning on turning wine stoppers got me thinking about collet chucks. I wondered if I could make one entirely out of wood. I thought this would be just an exercise to see if I could do it, but it surprised me with its usefulness. Although the All Wood Collet Chuck does not have the holding power and range of wooden jaws mounted in a scroll chuck, it does have adequate power for turning tops, wine stoppers, and the odd bit of dowel.
In order to make room in my small shop for a wood lathe that I recently purchased, I had to get rid of an extra workbench. While I did not use the bench all that much, I really missed the machinists vise that was mounted on it. But then it dawned on me that I could still use the machinist vise by simply mounting it to the tailstock end of the lathe.