Friday, January 9, 2015

How to convert a drill press stand into a DIY lathe

I had a broken drill press stand laying around and I decided to convert it into a home made lathe.

I’ve seen many people in the web making drill powered lathes and I borrowed ideas and inspiration from many of them.

First of all I disassembled the drill stand and kept only the part that the drill is mounted on.

I connected this part with two parallel wooden boards. To do that I drilled two holes on all of them and added two screws with washers and nuts.

For the lathes’s tailstock I used a few blocks of wood which I cut and planed to the size I wanted so that it can slide it on the lathe’s bed. I used glue and screws to connect these parts. 

After the base of the tailstock finished, I slide it towards the drill and drilled a hole for the quill that is in line with drill’s chuck.

The quill is just a screw and a  knock-in nut. To make the quill’s end pointy, I mounted it on the drill and used a file to sharpen it.

I assembled all the parts and used clamps to secure everything in place. I mounted a piece of wood on the chuck and I am ready to roll.  To mount the wood on the chuck I created a small tenon at the end of it.

My lathe is ready.

Caution: Before making a lathe like mine think that it might be dangerous to make and use your own power tools, so do it at your own risk.


  1. Wow, this has given me an ideas galore. Instead of using my power drill, I can just take apart the cheap (lol, a very cheap Chinese Harbor Freight) drill press and use it's chuck, and motor. And if I have long stock, just remove the quill, and put in a larger board with a hole in it so the long piece goes thru, which allows it to still be supported. Like your toothpick on your other post. :D

    Gosh, you are creative!


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