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    Heres my first Lathe

    Here is a photo of the lathe that I built from a ShopNotes plan (ShopNotes Vol13, Issue 73) that my son Jeff got for me. I made several faceplates, a doughnut chuck, and a curved tool rest to use making bowls. I did change some things as the belt drive cover as I did not have any plexiglass to make the cover as shown in the plan. The headstock is just a 5/8" bolt set in bearings that I got at Ace Hardware. Getting everything centered so the tail and head stock lined up was a challange. Here are a couple of bowls that I turned on the lathe.

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    Welcome Wayne!

    Nice job on the lathe!

    From the looks of those bowls, it works as good as it looks!

    Keep the pictures coming...
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    Wow, Wayne,

    Very cool! What a great idea! How much do you reckon you had to spend in materials?

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Very cool. Wayne. Like Marty said, it obviously works just great.

    Stu apparently has some competition for the shop-made tools award this year.
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    You mean you don't have to take out a second mortgage to turn?

    Very well done! Nice bowls too!

    I kind of had my heart set on some new mustard next month.....I hope my wife doesn't see this thread!

    Very well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Bower View Post
    Here is a photo of the lathe that I built from a ShopNotes plan (ShopNotes Vol13, Issue 73) that my son Jeff got for me. I made several faceplates, a doughnut chuck, and a curved tool rest to use making bowls. I did change some things as the belt drive cover as I did not have any plexiglass to make the cover as shown in the plan. The headstock is just a 5/8" bolt set in bearings that I got at Ace Hardware. Getting everything centered so the tail and head stock lined up was a challange. Here are a couple of bowls that I turned on the lathe.
    Wayne,
    great job. I have that issue, but I don't know that I could tackle that particular build. It is good to see that someone did build it though. Out of curiosity, what did you use for a motor?
    -Ned

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    That's a neat setup you have there! And judging by the bowls you have made, it works quite well! Cool lathe and beautiful bowls! Thanks for showing it.

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    Wayne that lathe is awesome. From the looks of your excellent bowls it looks like it works great to. Thanks for sharing.
    Bernie W.

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    Looks great dad! Glad you could get the pics uploaded. Those bowls look great too!

    I just realized if you look close, you can see the price of the replacement motor in the pic. The first one didnn't last to long. If I remember correctly, he spent more than he thought he would, but as he says "I have braggin rights" because he made it himself.

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    Always have to give a big to someone who builds their own tools. That is very neat. As we say in the south, 'ye dun gud'.
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