Making a Glass Lathe

What You'll Need
1 Taig-1050 3 Jaw Self Centering Scroll Chucks with soft aluminum jaws
2 Taig headstocks-one that is stationary and the other fixed to a crosslide
Timing Belt Drive
Timing Belt
1 Collet Spin Index Fixture
Plastic O-Ring Drive Pulleys
Blow hose
2 Stepper Chips
Heavy Aluminum Channel
Simple Square Shafts
Glass Tube Stoppers

If you do crafts or have a job that involves working with glass, you may find yourself needing a glass lathe. However, most of them are hard to find and when you do find them, the price is not justified. Which is why some people wish to build them instead of paying a lot for a bigger and already made one. Here is how you can build one.

Step 1: Choose Your Plan and Design

Pick your plan that you will use to design the lathe. You can buy one normally online or at a local hardware store. Pick one that is designed to be at your level of skill and craft, but also make sure that it fits your budget.

Step 2: Order The Parts

You will need to order all the parts for this; you should be able to get all of these at least online. But you can try to find a local supplier if that is what you would prefer. The number of supplies can vary, depending on what you want or need. So feel free to order them according to your plans.

Step 3: Create Base

You will need to weld the items into a base, as your design requests. Not every base will be the same, so follow your designs instructions to be best that you can. Remember to wear gloves and a welder mask when you use it. Try to be extra careful not to over do it and not to burn yourself. This can be tricky at times, so do this while you are the most awake.

Step 4: Allow Base To Cool Off

Once you have welded it, allow the base to cool off 100% before you proceed. Otherwise, you may get burns or the metal may still be soft. It should not take very long, but give it at least an hour and half.

Step 5: Install Motor & Pulleys

Based on your plan and design, follow their instructions on how to install the motor, pulleys and jaws. Follow their guidelines to the tee for the best results. Make sure that they are wired correctly before you go on to the next step.

Step 6: Install The Rest

Use the step to finish up installing whatever else that will need to be installed. This will include the blade and blow hose, so make sure to install as the plan tells you.

Step 7: Finish

Once you have installed everything, close it up and run a test on it. Do not forget to wear gloves and goggles before you begin. During the test run, make sure that it spins and cuts as it should. If it does not, go over you plan and see if you forgot anything. If it does work, then congratulations on the good job of building a glass lathe. You may want to keep the plans and design on hand though, in case you will need to make repairs or adjustments.