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post #1 of 4 Old 02-09-2019, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else done this?

I picked up this lathe and the previous owner increased it's capacity.
After several checks it is perfectly aligned.
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-09-2019, 09:52 PM
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Yeah, I did something similar with a 6x18 mini-lathe. I remounted the headstock on a riser base and made new, taller mounts for the two bed rails. I also swapped out the tubular rails for solid, cold rolled steel bar stock. I tweaked the electronic speed control, upping the amperage from 2.5 amps. to 5 amps and added filtered fan cooling to the headstock. There is a port on the right end for a shop vac hose, as the lathe frame tends to capture some chips. Since the original lathe was intended to be mounted on a board, I built a torque box frame for the unit to make it more stiff. I ended up with a 14x36 lathe that can also be configured as a gap bed lathe. I built this in 2001 and have been quite satisfied with its performance.
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-09-2019, 10:29 PM
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Made one longer... by another 4'. Turning length capacity is about 8' 3", overall length is 10'. Still just a 12" lathe but outboard is basically to the floor if you wanted to try that. WAY too big for our little two-car garage shop and it's 3 phase so I can't even use it.

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-10-2019, 12:29 AM
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Well that's rather interesting. I'd be a bit concerned about he wood moving seasonally but it would be super helpful to turn larger bowls.


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