|router lathe with internal thread carriage attached|
Here's a chronological listing of posts on building the router lathe. I started in May on 2012 and wrapped up the initial build to a point where I was making parts in early June. In the spring of 2013, it was converted to a full CNC, and the arduino was replaced by a PC running MACH3.
The end result, so far, is a wood lathe with 5.5" swing over the bed and 33" between centers, with a router mounted on a carriage that travels parallel to the axis of the spindle. Stepper motors control and synchronize the travel of the router carriage, depth of cut and the rotation of the spindle. For internal cuts, the router is rotated 90 degrees and uses a belt to run a cutter on an offset spindle.
- Router lathe: arduino controlled
- Rails and carriage
- Arduino code
- Motor mounts and drive mechanism
- First cut
- Full size test
- Internal threads
- Making parts: big bolt and nut
- New lead screw
- Making real parts
- CNC conversion
- Upgrades and wood sign