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Some individuals like to defy convention, and they decide to cobble together a system to get their shop tools working correctly — and a few folks, like reader Lungofish, do it with sufficient panache to make the rest of us look bad.

Lungofish constructed his slick lathe control to look clean and professional — at first glance it looks store-bought.  In fact, Lungofish fabricated both the box and the controls on it, including the knob in the upper left which was turned on the lathe that it now controls.

In case some of you missed it, that’s what we around the shop call style.  Bragging rights today fall firmly in Lungofish’s corner.

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6 Responses to Bragging Rights: DIY Lathe Control

  1. dlone says:

    Great looking jog. Just one question: Why is the speed control know labeled “Safety circuit reset?”

  2. Lungofish says:

    The original box had a button there, which apparently would reset the safety circuit. I tried to pry off the label, but it’s stuck on there with some serious adhesive, and I didn’t want to ding up the nice brushed stainless finish with a screwdriver. Eventually my plan is to use the laser cutter at TechShop Menlo Park to make new labels for everything. At that point I’ll try to figure out a safer way to remove the label.

  3. dlone says:

    I’m glad you could figure out what I was saying in spite of all my typos. Nice work.

  4. Leaf says:

    Looks nice, does it have tach feedback?

  5. rnewmyer says:

    Any chance of a schematic. I have a Jet-mini that I’d like to add this to.

  6. Nick Carter says:

    Hey, It’s a Taig Lathe!
    If you ever need any help with it, let me know, they are what I live and breathe.

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