Repurposing a Drill Press into a Wooden Lathe

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Repurposing a Drill Press into a Wooden Lathe

Say you’ve upgraded to a bigger, newer, better drill press… what do you do with the old one? For Ryan Nodwell of, the answer was to repurpose the drill press and turn it into a wooden lathe.

This project was inspired by the need to repurpose my old drill press. Because the drill press has all the main mechanical components of a lathe, it was just a matter of coming up with a design that would be heavy enough to limit vibration as well as coming up with a way to adapt a homemade drive center to tapered shaft.

It’s not just the first wooden lathe that Nodwell has built, but the first he’s owned as well. The project looks like it was fun to build. I’m sure he’ll have a fun time practicing with his new (repurposed) tool.


A typical day for Lisa includes: getting up to see the sunrise, bicycling, interning at Make:, reading and writing short stories, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts for hours while working on projects or chores.

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