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Popular Mechanics - Bolt Together Lathe

Popular Mechanics - Bolt Together Lathe

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Published by: sonofsilas on Jan 30, 2010
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Built from Stock Parts
by Frank Beatty
and stockmaterials that are available almostanywhere, you can build this metal-working lathe with only a few tools.Because of simplification of the assemblyin order to make the unit easy for anyoneto build, the lathe as pictured anddetailed cannot be rated as a precisiontool. It is simply designed to do practicalwork within reasonable limits. Asdetailed, the lathe swings 4¼” over thebed and takes 10” between centers.Standard pipe and fittings are used toform a frame on which the headstock,tailstock and bed are fitted.The first step is to assemble the pipe andfittings. Do this before any other partsare made or stock cut to dimension. Thereason for this first step is that in themanufacture of standard pipe there areallowable variations and some changes indimensions of lathe may be necessarybecause of these variations. The pipeassembly consists of one 14” length of l½” pipe, two close nipples, two tees, twofloor flanges and one pipe plug (optional)for closing the tee at the headstock endof the assembly.
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Screw the parts tightly together and thenmount on a hardwood base as in Figure5. Later, when the countershaft, motorand motor mount are added to theassembly, a second piece is attached tothe first, making an L-shaped base aspictured in Figs. 1 and 2.Also at the onset it should be noted thatthe spindle-thread characteristics are notgiven. The reason for this is that chucksare available to fit spindles threaded½”-24, ½”-20 and ¾”-16. You can use a½” or ¾” spindle and have it threaded totake any one of these chucks. Theoriginal lathe spindle was threaded ½”-20and is suitable only for light work. A solidspindle is, of course, much simpler andless expensive to make or have madethan is a hollow spindle with a #0 or #1Morse taper. For turning work betweencenters, the solid spindle requires aspecial 60° center with driving pin (Figure5). This center and the spindle can bemade in a machine shop at a verynominal cost.
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