Making a Woodworking Lathe

What You'll Need
Stock Metal
Welding Material
Stock Wood
2 inch Screws
Pillow Block Bearing
Pine Board 1 X 6 X 36 inch
2 inch Wood Screws

A woodworking lathe is a tool that is used to turn rectangle and square pieces of wood stock around two other wood pieces. Most typically you will find these types of pieces in furniture and other types of wood project that will require a round edge. Going out and purchasing a woodworking lathe can be expensive and unnecessary. Making one yourself is a task that a lot of people can do themselves.

Step 1 – Weld

Cut and weld your stock metal.The stock metal should be 4X 4X 1/4 thick. It will become the metal base plate and be attached to the actual woodworking piece that is used for turning. The steel dowel rod will need to be welded to ½ in diameter. This is necessary so that you will be able to turn it without any wobbling.

Step 2 – Drill

Drill holes through the stock metal. Make sure that you weld your base plate up and around the center dowel and weld. You will need to do this so that the stock wood piece can be attached to your base plate. Get four of the 2” wood screws to go through these holes that are in the base plate.

Step 3 – Secure

The pillow block bearing will now need to be secured into the pine board. Make sure that there is about twenty inches between the two of these. These bearings will be there for support for your lathe shaft. This will help it to keep flat and level whenever you are using it.

Step 4 – Attach

Before you can get the get the shaft attached you will first need to get the base plate as well as the end of the shaft passed through your pillow block bearings. You will need your drill to do this. Before you turn your drill on you will first need to get the shaft secured onto the drill. Once the pieces have all been connected, the lathe base plate should be able to turn around with no issues.

Step 5 – Secure

Secure your stock piece of wood. You will need to do this so that it will be able to be turned on to the base plate of the lathe. This goes on the end of the actual shaft using the four holes that were previously drilled onto the base plate. Make sure that you also get the stock piece of wood secured onto the lathe. The more secure that the lathe is on the wood the better it will turn and cut the pieces of wood that are on it. This will be whether they are rectangle or square pieces of stock wood.