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    Makeshift lathe?

    Was wondering if there was a good design for a makeshift lathe because I don't have the money to buy a real one. Maybe after I show my dad some nice stuff I built, He'll invest in one. Till then is there a way I can make shift one or would my only option be using a planer?
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    First thing that came to mind.

    http://www.grizzly.com/products/Hobby-Lathe/H2669
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    My Dad had something similar to that, he used it to turn small spindles.
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    Oh awesome, thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kris Petrosky View Post
    ...Till then is there a way I can make shift one or would my only option be using a planer?
    I'm a bit confused by this statement, Kris. A planer is used to make boards flat. A lathe is used to make boards (or chunks of wood) round. Totally different processes and outcomes. Let us know what you're trying to make, and we can likely point you in the right direction.
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    I don't know how accurate this would be, I just spotted it on Amazon. The price of $89.95 is pretty easy to afford. You'll need a set of tools to go with also, but I've seen a few around $30.00. It might work for you to get started turning.

    http://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Spe...903389&sr=1-84

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    Makeshift lathe?

    That looks like the Harbor Freight lathe.
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    Besides a pole lathe, you might google Treadle lathe (on my eventual projects list, but since turning is supposed to be an addiction, I have other projects first).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Krager View Post
    I don't know how accurate this would be, I just spotted it on Amazon. The price of $89.95 is pretty easy to afford. You'll need a set of tools to go with also, but I've seen a few around $30.00. It might work for you to get started turning.

    http://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Spe...903389&sr=1-84

    http://www.amazon.com/review/RQE0CEH...iscussionsPost

    Read the reviews from what I saw a pencil sharpener would be industrial when compaired to this lathe.
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