Thanks Thanks:  0
Needs Pictures Needs Pictures:  0
Picture(s) thanks Picture(s) thanks:  0
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Home Made Lathe

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    North Carolina, USA
    Posts
    2,327

    Default Home Made Lathe

    I went to a birthday party for a 98 year old friend today. I had heard him tell of the lathe he made from a Model T Ford camshaft, and asked to see it. Photos below, 3 step drive pulley is made of wood, tool rest of wood with a metal strap for wear surface, wood tail stock, dead center, wood bed. Last photo is a pair of calipers he made.

    My friend is a retired mechanical engineer who early in his career built a nice house in a fancy neighborhood from the ground up with no electricity on the lot, all with hand tools.

    His 70 something year old son told me when he was a kid during the Yo Yo craze, he and his brother would make solid walnut Yo Yos in all sizes on the lathe. Much nicer than the store bought ones.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    So much timber, so little time.

    Paul

  2. # ADS
    Google Adsense Advertisement
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Advertising world
    Posts
    Many





     
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    belgrave
    Age
    59
    Posts
    7,934

    Default

    We are so spoiled these days.
    anne-maria.
    T
    ea Lady

    (White with none)
    Follow my little workshop/gallery on facebook. things of clay and wood.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Prestons Sydney
    Posts
    5,437

    Default Good to see.

    Necessity provides all manner of amazing things and it looks well used .


  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    2,632

    Default

    That's a pretty awesome story Paul, thanks for sharing!
    -Scott

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Adelaide Hills, South Australia
    Posts
    3,993

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul39 View Post

    His 70 something year old son told me when he was a kid during the Yo Yo craze, he and his brother would make solid walnut Yo Yos in all sizes on the lathe. Much nicer than the store bought ones.
    That brings back memories.

    We turned ours out of camphor laurel at about the same time (in my case 55 years ago), then painted them with silver frost so that they looked more like the bought ones, which we couldn't afford. That was my first woodturning project'

    They were also turned on a home made lathe. Ours was constructed out of an old pedal sewing machine by my older high school aged friend. Our turning tools were re-purposed screw drivers.

    Bruce Leadbeatter grew up in the same small country town, but he had left to go away for his training by then, otherwise he may have helped us with better techniques. However, I did learn a bit by hanging around in his father's workshop later on. His dad, Horace, had 'invented' a few of his own lathes (see page 5 here) before Bruce continued on with that family tradition.

    Our lathes may have been less sophisticated than those that most of us have to work on now, but our aspirations were also modest in comparison.

    Thanks, Paul, for the opportunity to wander down memory lane.
    Stay sharp and stay safe!

    Neil



  7. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Albury Well Just Outside
    Posts
    13,311

    Default

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    belgrave
    Age
    59
    Posts
    7,934

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by NeilS View Post
    That brings back memories.


    They were also turned on a home made lathe. Ours was constructed out of an old pedal sewing machine by my older high school aged friend. Our turning tools were re-purposed screw drivers.
    Wow. How did they hold an edge? :d
    anne-maria.
    T
    ea Lady

    (White with none)
    Follow my little workshop/gallery on facebook. things of clay and wood.

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Adelaide Hills, South Australia
    Posts
    3,993

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tea lady View Post
    Wow. How did they hold an edge? :d
    They didn't, although some were better than others, however, they did all come with a bonus handle...

    Most screwdrivers have a carbon content just below tool steel and they also came in smaller diameters, which was ideal for doing the yo-yo slot.

    Besides, the high carbon steel tools we made weren't that much better. We made them out of an assortment of other tools, eg old woodplane and mower blades, and discarded steel components from cars, eg springs and exhaust valves. We spent a lot of time sharpening tools.

    It was decades before I had the luxury of getting my hands on the first HSS tools from P&N, sometime in the eighties. Henry Taylor had them earlier, in the late 70's, but I was distracted on other interests at that time.
    Stay sharp and stay safe!

    Neil



Similar Threads

  1. Another home made lathe
    By nadroj in forum METALWORK FORUM
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 28th April 2013, 11:48 AM
  2. Home made Lathe
    By simonl in forum METALWORK FORUM
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 26th April 2013, 08:16 PM
  3. Impressive home made lathe
    By racer123 in forum METALWORK FORUM
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 15th October 2011, 03:26 PM
  4. Home made lathe
    By hughie in forum WOODTURNING - GENERAL
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 30th July 2007, 11:37 PM
  5. home made lathe WIP
    By thefixer in forum WOODTURNING - GENERAL
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 4th June 2007, 02:47 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •