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Chapter 7. iBlow > Putting it all together - Pg. 213

MAKE: PROJECTS Eccentric Cubicle < Nano-Project > The Drill Press Lathe Figure N7.01: The pieces O kay, so you won't be turning ornate cherry wood table legs with this wee beastie. For less-demanding tasks, though, this is actually quite useful. We're going to make a vertical axis lathe attachment for your drill press, using the drill press chuck as the headstock and a kludged-together ball bearing­equipped tailstock on the drill press table. We'll bodge together a tool rest to clamp onto the press table, and you can hack flea-market screw- drivers and chisels into usable turning gouges. Shopping? Let's get on it. You need a ball bearing race and shoulder washers sized for a ¼" shaft. [Figure N7.01] Yeah, swap-meet rollerblades again. Wasn't that simple? I'm assuming you already have a drill press. If not, you're gonna need one of those too. Everything else you should have on hand. If you've got a few bicycle cam bolts tucked away in your (oughta be) by now overflowing box of jig components, you'll be able to fig- ure out places to use 'em. Other stuff you'll need? Some ¼- 20 threaded rod, a foot of ½" aluminum angle extrusion and a few scraps of maple 1" x 6". Lathes are simple. Spin a chunk of wood at high RPM, use sharp metal implements of destruction to shave off the bits you don't want. High RPMs? That'd be your drill press. Sharp metal implements of destruction? The flea-market screwdrivers you do the "sharpen and pointy up" thing to. There are only two flies in the ointment: holding the chunk of wood steady at both ends without having heat of friction 202