Ever need to create something circular with wood, but can’t afford — or don’t have space for — a wood lathe? If you’ve got $25 and a little bit of free table top, this drill-powered mini lathe might fill the bill.
It can accept up to a 24″ long workpiece between centers and offers 6” of spindle width capacity. (Think ashtrays as opposed to salad bowls.) It also comes complete with a tool rest and chip guard, but you’ll have to supply your own turning tools. Stock is secured to the drill by a screw and plate assembly that attaches to either end of the workpiece, holding it firmly in place.
The manufacturer recommends a corded drill and we would have to agree; cordless models might not drive the torque you need, and running them continuously in this application would likely kill batteries quickly.
I’m sure many of you with “real” lathes will scoff at this, but hey — sometimes some is better than none. And at $25 it might be worth a try.