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Building a Digital Readout For a Lathe From Scratch


Zach Hipps is hoping to get into wood turning on a lathe. Unfortunately, he got his lathe at the beginning of winter and his shop is cold, so his excitement is a bit muted for a while. He came up with an idea for a project to hold him over till the warmer weather that might also help with his wood turning aspirations.

Using a hall effect sensor and some clever engineering, Zach added a digital RPM display to his lathe. You can follow along in the video above or read details on his website to see what he tried, what worked, and what didn’t.


I get ridiculously excited seeing people make things. I just want to revel in the creativity I see in makers. My favorite thing in the world is sharing a maker's story. You can find me on twitter at @calebkraft

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