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There have been times in my past when i didn't have access to a lathe where I was at the time. so make do's had to be done I've used a hand drill a vice and a grinder to make do sometimes. This drill press conversion is a great work around.
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Scotsman Hosie (02-08-2019)
My first serious machine tool was a 7x30 jet mill and I made do with small lathe jobs for a couple of years before I found a nice 6" atlas lathe. In that interim time I usef the mill as a lathe able to hold round stock up to 7/8" dia. Kinda awkward position for turning work; but the mill spindle could handle heavy cuts and the maximum speed was way up there. Looking at the small R-8 spindle table top mills available today I can readily see Eloy's idea work with such a mill. Although the process ofrotating it on a "hinge" base might require the addition of some creative hoist/lever system. The remaining creative effort would be coming up with larger and more accurate bed and carriage system. Another thought on doing a lathe involved how to power an incomplete lathe when all you have is the headstock but no motor and pulley setup. Inexpensive benchtop imported drill presses usually have 4 belt drive speeds and a reversible motor. So just use the headstock and the top of the column mounted on its side on the table behind the lathe headstock. Put a pulley on a short shaft in the drill chuck and use one of those link together type belts to drive the headstock via its built in pulleys.
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