Mini Antique / Vintage Style South Bend Lathe in CAD and future DIY build

So life is busy. VERY busy. I start a new job on Monday as a CNC Machinist. Which is good. I need a job. and the money. And i shouldn’t hate it. I’m actually qualified, but i don’t feel qualified, and no idea what to really expect. Nervous. I guess you could say i’m nervous.

And i’m getting married in a month. yep. scary. Way scary. I guess i shouldn’t be freaked out, but i’m more than freaked out. It’s freaky. yeah. it is. And the worst part? People don’t really advertise that it might be normal to freak out. ‘Cause i mean, it could be normal. But i don’t feel normal. I feel weird. like i’m the weirdo in the room. Bleh, It’s terrible. argh.

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So yeah. In other news, i really want my own machine tools. But i don’t exactly have a ton of cash to spend. I’m thinking about trying to build my own gingery inspired mini lathe. I mean, honestly, a Chinese made mini 7″x14″ Grizzly brand lathe is pretty affordable as lathes go and at least usable for the money. And most people would argue that if you make your own lathe from scratch you don’t really save much money and the machine you end up with is crap and has terrible runout and tolerance. And you know what? they’d be right on all counts. But you know what? I’m probably going to attempt it anyway for a few reasons. 1. i don’t exactly have the permission of my fiance to spend that much right now, and 2. i think i can sufficiently cut enough corners to get some sort of working machine. Which is really all i want so i can scratch this itch. Plus making things like this yourself really teaches you a lot you can’t get otherwise. Like when i build my own 3d printer from scratch. It actually cost me a bit more than just buying one, but in the end i know my printer inside and out. And i learned a lot along the way. Like A LOT!

And recently I’ve been greatly inspired by the Makercise videos by Cressel Anderson. It just goes to show you that it IS possible. All thanks to this dude who is not afraid to fail or give up or listen to the nay sayers.

 

So, yeah. I’m currently designing my own gingery hybrid lathe. I don’t have pictures of it yet, but i may come back and edit this post when i do. It incorporates some gingery simplicity with some better design ideas i picked up from the vintage south bend lathe blueprints i modeled up in Solidworks recently. It was actually really fun to draft up a lathe from scratch. I even posted it on GrabCAD for those of you who are interested.

https://grabcad.com/library/8-inch-lathe-v0-1-2-1

 

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