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Hi Ron,

 

I really like your Lathe, it seems accessible to most of us.

If you don't mind us copying your version I'd like to have a go at building one- besides I have an old drill that would fit perfectly in there :) .

 

You wouldn't have a basic plan or even dimensions you would like to share with the group?

 

Kindest regards

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John

 

I built the lathe around the drill. You can make it any size you would like. The plans were in my head as I went along. Just used old lumber that I found in the garage and some screws I had. Didn't cost me a thing to build. That's the good part, cheap and works.

 

Ron 

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John

 

I built the lathe around the drill. You can make it any size you would like. The plans were in my head as I went along. Just used old lumber that I found in the garage and some screws I had. Didn't cost me a thing to build. That's the good part, cheap and works.

 

Ron 

 

Hi, Ron! The best way of construction of various adaptations! At first search of improvised materials is carried out, and then already there are ideas on their application. I too often arrive thus  :) .

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Hi Ron,

I'm planning to make on DIY lathe too! Can I know what is the maximum RPM of your power tool?

 

I put the Proxxon lathe as a reference, and I've learned that its max RPM is 5000.. Anyway, SKIL hand drill which is in my buying list has max rpm at only 3000.. Do you think it's fast enough?

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The drill that I use is an old Sears variable speed drill. It's range is from 0 to 1200 rpm. Running at 3 amps. It's not very fast, but will do in a pinch. It is also hard to hold a square piece of wood in a three prong chuck. When it runs for a period of time it does get a bit hot. Higher speed, with a capability of controlling the speed, would be a better choice in my opinion. I made this when I was first starting out with ship modeling and saw some DIY lathes, so I decided to make one. There are a lot of better DIY lathes out there. I hope your DIY lathe project turns out the way that's best for you. 

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