Category: Workshop, shop, lathe, tool
Problem: As a tinkerer, it seems really strange that after I sold my Shopsmith and moved many years ago, I haven’t added a lathe to my workshop capabilities. Finally, working on the stick steering, where I needed to modify some connector inserts, I decided to get a small lathe. I had held off because small lathes typically don’t have continuously variable speeds unless they are quite expensive. However, I came across one at Harbor Freight, and then my brother who is a woodturning artist helped me to find a couple of chucks to use with it which ended up costing more than the lathe. However, I live in a small cabin with limited space so I decided that I would make a self contained workstation that could be rolled where I needed it. Limited space in my workshop is part of the problem.
Action: Since I wanted this to be mobile so I could move it where I wanted, I decided to modify an audio visual cart and lower the top shelf to the exact height was right for me turning, particularly since I am tall, and then added all sorts of functionality on the cart.
Result: It worked great! I loved having the capability of turning small parts with a fair degree of precision.
When idea was conceived: 12/21/13
How much time it took to develop: 10 hours
How much money it took to develop: Everything together cost $500.
Current status: Closed in carport so now have lathe set up in a different moveable configuration.
Since it was originally done:
Items included:Av cart Light Lathe Grinder Storage drawers Fan Tool Storage Vacuum and Hose and nozzle