Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Cheap wood lathes??

  1. #1
    Senior Member GregWormald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    2,288

    Cheap wood lathes??

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Id really like to add wooden handles to my lever machine, and Im thinking of DIY.

    Why DIY?--I need 4 handles--portafilter, lever, steam, and hot water, and ordering from some of the makers is going to run me over $250.

    So the question is, will a cheapie lathe do for this? and where would I get one?
    Or is there another option?

    Its been years since I used a lathe, but Im hoping its like riding a bike! :o

    Greg

  2. #2
    Caffeine Junky
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    1,103

    Re: Cheap wood lathes??

    Hey Greg. A few options off the top of my head:

    1. Try the woodworking forum, they tend to be a pretty friendly bunch there. Maybe theres a member wholl be nice enough to let you play with their lathe.

    2. Look out on evil bay or Gumtree for a used model

    3. You can pick up a new mini lathe for less than $300 then sell to recoup some costs once finished.


  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    1,048

    Re: Cheap wood lathes??

    I think if you started on some pine or something cheap to "learn how to ride" again youd do fine. Then move to the real wood after youve tried the pieces in place to see how they feel.

    For a lathe - check out the "Blokes at the Shed" (BATS) or "Mens sheds Australia". You may find a shed already set up and some guys with expert advice! (If you dont know of the concept - they provide a shed and tools for guys to escape to and do whatever hobby stuff they want).

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    135

    Re: Cheap wood lathes??

    Greg,

    I have a fairly good quality wood lathe that you are welcome to use if you like. As for an experienced opperator I will leave that up to you! I dont use it much as my woodworking interests are wider than just turning.

    I am sure that between the two of us we could produce four individual group handles, I say individual as getting four to match requires much more skill.

    Alternatively I have a contact in Vic who could whip them up for you at a minimal cost. If you are interested in this I will need further details to approach him with.

    Let me know.

    Stinky

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    135

    Re: Cheap wood lathes??

    To answer the question about the cheap lathe ..... No it will not really work out for you.

    Even the real cheapies will be around $150, you will then need turning tools $50 (very poor quality), then there is the issue of holding the stock, you could do between centres but really you want to hold the work in a chuck which is another $300 or so.

    All this, plus the timber, your quotes are starting to look like a good option!

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    302

    Re: Cheap wood lathes??

    Hi Greg

    Take the sir stink up on his offer - he is being very modest about his woodworking skills.
    Nice offer Stinky.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    1,048

    Re: Cheap wood lathes??

    Quote Originally Posted by 003A210C00273A3D38323F3C27530 link=1318420065/3#3 date=1318470080
    I say individual as getting four to match requires much more skill
    going slightly OT but Ive always wondered - can you make up a "half" template on a bit of plastic or tin or even cardboard and use that to hone your results so they match? (by holding it up to the spinning object to see where its proud?)

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    135

    Re: Cheap wood lathes??

    Yep you sure can. You just make a negative of the shape out of mdf and as you say hold it up to the stock to see where else you need to remove timber. The problem comes when you remove too much timber.

    The bigger issue is with more complex shapes such as curves or beads which hopefully will not be required on a coffee machine.



Similar Threads

  1. The Wood Roaster?
    By BeansXL in forum Roasters
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 28th November 2012, 03:32 AM
  2. Who has a wood fire oven?
    By PhatBoy in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 44
    Last Post: 8th January 2011, 08:35 AM
  3. Item for sale - Wood Lathe
    By A_M in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 27th June 2009, 08:31 PM
  4. Wood fire roasting?
    By Beanhead in forum Home Roasting - Tips, Tricks, Ideas
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 30th July 2007, 08:20 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •