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Old 07-27-2012, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What to build out of a small lathe?

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got this lathe for dirt cheap and i`m not sure what to do with it. First i wanted to sell it, but i`l probably keep it...



What should i build out of it? A badass notcher?
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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no need for a small lathe i am assuming? my dad had an old jewelers lathe before he passed and it came in handy making litte odds and ends such as custom bushings bolts etc.

I mean you could easily make a notcher attachment also but i would not if it made it so you could not use it as a lathe after.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I already got another small one that`s a lot better quality, so i don`t need this one for turning...
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Curious to hear ideas on this too, I've got a very similar lathe in a similar situation.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Set it up with a die grinder as a toolpost grinder. Then when you want to turn hard things like bearing races you don't have to get grinder dust all over your nice lathe.

Might slick up the chinese ways a bit too, being coated in grinder dust.

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Old 07-28-2012, 07:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I would agree with the toolpost grinder idea. They come in handy from time to time!

I took one of these: http://www.harborfreight.com/flexibl...ver-40432.html

And drilled out a boring bar holder for my quick change toolpost to fit the grinder handle. Then I just hang the motor on a hook over my lathe and plug it in directly instead of through the variable speed pedal and start grinding! Works like a champ! Oh I also bored out the chuck on the little handle thing to accept 1/4 shank bits too... It only accepted 1/8 or 3/16 before.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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A mini cannon is a great project to get your feet wet with using a mini lathe.
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I'd make a notcher if you need one. A large roughing endmill in the chuck, and use the cross slide to feed the tube in.
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I decided to build a notcher with a holesaw for now:





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Holesaw notcher ? Seems like a waste.

Sell it.

Buy holesaw notcher.

Profit difference
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I already have a notcher, but this is a lot more comfortable to use...

But, i decided that it`s not worth it. I`m going to sell it, to raise my funds to buy a mill...
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lot of the professional chassis builders use lathes for notching. work good and make good looking cuts.
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More details please.
"A large roughing endmill in the chuck, and use the cross slide to feed the tube in. "

In this case a hole saw, but everything else is the same. There's really not much more to it
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"A large roughing endmill in the chuck, and use the cross slide to feed the tube in. "

In this case a hole saw, but everything else is the same. There's really not much more to it
If he can't build it from the pic, more explanation isn't going to help.
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All 3 pictures have the whole saw chucked up in different locations. What gives?
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All 3 pictures have the whole saw chucked up in different locations. What gives?
I would think that it comes down to a guy figuring shit out for himself by doing it... obviously the holesaw needed more spacing to clear the chuck on angle notches
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I would think that it comes down to a guy figuring shit out for himself by doing it... obviously the holesaw needed more spacing to clear the chuck on angle notches
That...
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"A large roughing endmill in the chuck, and use the cross slide to feed the tube in. "

In this case a hole saw, but everything else is the same. There's really not much more to it
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If he can't build it from the pic, more explanation isn't going to help.
I guess I should have been more specific?

I only see one bolt holding the tube holder in place? Any trouble with it moving on you as you feed the tube in? Is something else there we cant see?
Speaking of the tube holder, is it just some square "tube" the tube fits in, I would think it would want to rotate if only held in place by a jam bolt which could also scar up the tube being notched?

I understand the concept, yes it can be built from the pics.
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I guess I should have been more specific?

I only see one bolt holding the tube holder in place? Any trouble with it moving on you as you feed the tube in? Is something else there we cant see?
Speaking of the tube holder, is it just some square "tube" the tube fits in, I would think it would want to rotate if only held in place by a jam bolt which could also scar up the tube being notched?

I understand the concept, yes it can be built from the pics.
stick a penny between the bolt and tube.
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I guess I should have been more specific?

I only see one bolt holding the tube holder in place? Any trouble with it moving on you as you feed the tube in? Is something else there we cant see?
Speaking of the tube holder, is it just some square "tube" the tube fits in, I would think it would want to rotate if only held in place by a jam bolt which could also scar up the tube being notched?

I understand the concept, yes it can be built from the pics.
Yes, it`s only one 1/2" bolt holding the tube holder. It doesn`t rotate, everything is rock solid...

The tube holder is some scrap welded together to a somewhat "square" tube with an angle iron where the tube is pressed against...
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