View Full Version : CNC Wood Lathe

10-25-2005, 11:06 AM
Hi All
is there anyone out there that has built a CNC Wood lathe

Is there no one??

01-04-2006, 02:54 PM
take a look at a shopbot indexer.
Marshall's millworks has pictures on their site of products and the indexer I think: http://marshallsmillwork.com/

01-04-2006, 03:18 PM
i converted my unimat lathe, it is not your typical wood lathe, even though that is what i have always used it for. although i am planning to convert my real wood lathe soon. it is 50 year old unit, very heavy duty. i have aquired some thk linear bearings and am really just waiting for some ballscrews and springtime.

on my unimate i made an attachment so i could use a rotary tool on it, i will do the same on the big wood lathe. i also added a stepper to the spindle so that i could cut threads. it works very well.

01-04-2006, 03:57 PM
Check out www.crankorgan.com he has built one and is selling plans I think.
Hope this helps. :)

01-14-2006, 02:46 PM
That was a great link. I hope to get lined out on that woodturtle.

02-03-2006, 03:29 PM
I bought the plans to the wood turtle and someday may get around to putting it together.. For now I'm gonna break down and just buy this..

mike hide
03-09-2006, 02:22 AM
It would seem to me there are so many disparities between wood and metal lathes it would be a difficult assignment. IF the wood is superhard like rosewood lignum viti[sp?] then metal cutting tooling could possibly be used.Softer wood it wood just tear up and detail,wood lath tools are used in a grain sensitive way.