I made a 1/8″ wide parting tool for woodturning using a spare blade that was destined for the landfill. I used a welder to repair and reshape the metal blank. The handle is made from scraps that were in the scrap drawer. Total cost $0.
This video addresses a problem that affects many variants of this common woodturning mini-lathe. The problem is that the tailstock slips as you try to tighten the workpiece between centers. I diagnose the problem and fabricate a new lock plate to better hold the tailstock.
I got tired of the limits of the toolrest that came with my mini lathe so I welded a larger one using some scrap hot rolled angle and steel rod that I had left over from other projects. It’s only a few inches wider (8.5″ [22cm] vs. 6″ [15cm]), but it makes a big difference in being able to turn larger work. I also didn’t want to make it too big because my lathe’s banjo only has 5/8″ [16mm] shaft. Music by audionautix.com. Released under Creative Commons License 3.0.