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Unread postAuthor: altxf4 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:29 am

Anybody have any cheap lathe ideas? I would like to make a simple lathe to turn some pipe at a few RPMs to cut end bevel ends. I was thinking about making a double roller using Casters with and a motor that would run a tire or something on a motor to turn the pipe.


Anybody ever make anything like this. Precision is not so important.
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Unread postAuthor: rna_duelers » Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:51 am

Get a drill,put it in a vice attach it to the piece you need to machine and turn on the drill,use files,sandpaper etc rested on something next to the spinning object to support the tool your lathing with.You can do the same thing with a drill press/pedestal drill.
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Unread postAuthor: Orpackrat » Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:52 am

A shot length of 1/8" pipe, a few adaptors to turn it to 3/4", a 3/4" pipe to PVC adaptor, a coupler the size of the PVC adaptor, and a drill. Securly mount drill on work area, insert 1/8" pipe into drill, connect pieces, you can put the pipe or pieces on, lock the trigger, and thats basically it.
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:06 pm

I was thinking about modifying one of those apple peelers. :D They're basically a manual lathe that you put an apple on, then turn the handle to spin the apple while a little blade cuts the skin off it. They're like $10 or something.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:10 pm

rna_duelers wrote:Get a drill,put it in a vice


works brilliantly for me :)
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Unread postAuthor: turbohacker » Sun Aug 26, 2007 12:19 pm

Ive done several pistons in a drill press.
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Unread postAuthor: iknowmy3tables » Sun Aug 26, 2007 2:03 pm

I use my belt sander for all my lathe work it really handy for all sorts oF jobs, get a belt sander with the thin belt for more fancy work Its not accurate but you get used to it and the result ends up mangeable
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Unread postAuthor: altxf4 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 2:22 pm

Why did i never think of making an adaptor to use a drill....HAHA! Thanks guys!
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Unread postAuthor: silverdooty » Sun Aug 26, 2007 2:58 pm

at work we have one that was made from this site, we use to fill in holes in timbers.

http://www.nobugs.org/engineer/woodlathe/index.html

you would either need a very steady hand or make yourself a rest for your cutters.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:13 pm

jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:
rna_duelers wrote:Get a drill,put it in a vice


works brilliantly for me :)


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That's not mine but it seems to work :P
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:19 pm

Wow thats interesting, hmm, but really, a wood lathe was the best investment I have ever made.
200$+100 for tools and a stand.
Its a load of fun.

but a 200$ chuck was what killed me, but it was worth it.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:07 pm

Search Ebay for lathes and look for a watch makers lathe, there is a type that you can clamp to any table and turns by hand. I think they even have different speeds. These hand lathes are still in production.
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Unread postAuthor: mopherman » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:44 pm

MrCrowley wrote:
jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:
rna_duelers wrote:Get a drill,put it in a vice


works brilliantly for me :)


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That's not mine but it seems to work :P

My drill just broke, so I may use the guts to make somthing similar.
Thanks for the idea :D
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Unread postAuthor: dongfang » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:55 pm

Hi,

If you have a Dremel or similar, use this router table.

You can adjust the guide thing on it so that you can roll your piston/whatever slowly against it, buffing edges, cutting o-ring grooves etc.

Worked beautifully for me. Well ... ok it was not quite flat to begin with (d´oh), but a big file fixed that.

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Unread postAuthor: Rudesill Ballistics » Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:58 am

That orange gun thing is an impact wrench, which if I'm not mistaken has a lot more torque than a drill.

I don't know, try it with a drill. It's not like it would be too dangerous if it were too weak.
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