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    Jim's High Rider Drill

    Hi,

    I finally found where Pic Resizer put my reduced size files.

    The drill chuck would hit the lathe before things were perpendiuclar to the world so I had to go above the lathe. The first extension raised the drill handle just enough to make it hit another part of the lathe. Therefore, I had to go to extension number two.

    Things were better at the tail end of the lathe...one extension did all.

    Have fun.

    Jim
    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 09-09-2010 at 05:15 AM.
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    Dang Jim, even I would have a hard time reaching that drill. You must have stood on a stack of a couple decade's worth of telephone books to reach up that high.

    By the way, I've moved your post and pics (and this post) into a thread of its own. That way more folks will get a chance to see it.
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    For those of you who'd like to see the conversation that prompted this thread, here's Jim's earlier description from another thread...

    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...44&postcount=2
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    Just curious, why didn't you just use a lag screw and a ratchet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Just curious, why didn't you just use a lag screw and a ratchet?
    I did! However the three eighths lag screws did require drilled holes. I ended up drilling six holes. I was able to use three machine screws and three lag bolts. I think that will hold the lathe in position since the top is two sheets of GOOD plywood and a sheet of tempered masonite thick and the lag screws were screwed through that on into the 2 x 5 wood of the frame.

    Even using the lag screws I had to go to a wrench extension. There was no room for the wrench head. In fact, I could not even get the socket to go all of the way down---unless I wanted to mess up the paint job. I didn't have any thin wall sockets.

    It was fun, it did a good job, and I hope a lot of people get a good laugh out of it.

    Enjoy,

    Jim

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    Good solution there Jim. But i am curious can you not move the head of your lathe and rotate it at all for overhang turning?
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Good solution there Jim. But i am curious can you not move the head of your lathe and rotate it at all for overhang turning?
    Rob, the Delta has a fixed headstock, so no outboard turning. I don't know of any mini or midi lathes commonly sold in North America with moving headstocks. There's a German one (the name of which I can't recall) that does have a sliding and rotating headstock, but on a mini or midi it really makes no sense (to me) to have one. If someone can't reach the inside of a bowl on a mini lathe, they're doin' it wrong.

    The Delta will turn 12" diameters, though. (And it has a 1 hp motor...biggest in its class.)
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    just a thought, and while i admire your solution, couldn't you have just marked where the holes needed to be, moved the lathe & drilled?
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    Hi,

    I didn't move the lathe for two reasons: 1) Two of the holes are directly under the bed and I couldn't mark accurately. 2) I finally (after a long time) got the two sections of the lathe aligned and bolted to each other...I was not about to move the darn thing.

    Enjoy,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Hi,

    I didn't move the lathe for two reasons: 1) Two of the holes are directly under the bed and I couldn't mark accurately. 2) I finally (after a long time) got the two sections of the lathe aligned and bolted to each other...I was not about to move the darn thing.

    Enjoy,

    Jim
    this I did not know, good solution though just the same!
    -Ned

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