Drill press for lathe?

Is there a device that you can put on a drill press table to allow it to act as a verticle lathe? Something that holds wood on center and spins that attaches to table?
Im considering making some small columns, on order of 6inches tall and need to duplicate 4 of them. I have made small wood topping spindals on a drill press before only attached to chuck. But something like this would require the attachment on both ends I think.
Ultimately I need corner round molding Like sold by Rockler as Create-a-Corner. But when you add up the cost, I might as well by a lathe.
Any thoughts appreciated.
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On Mon, 16 Feb 2004 20:38:55 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

I see this response often in this group and find it to be very unhelpful as well as arrogant. If an individual does not want to supply a constructive response, then that individual should just refrain from posting.
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I didn't suggest that one should attempt it. Obviously one would use a web browser.

Suggesting that a poster search Google to find records of previous discussions of the subject IS a constructive response. Yours, on the other hand, is unhelpful and arrogant, and serves no useful purpose whatever, and thus _by_your_own_criterion_ you should have refrained from posting it.
Perhaps individuals should refrain from posting until they've done a little bit of research on their own. Even a moment spend doing a Google Groups search would have turned up the discussion.

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Bill Waller wrote:

I have to disagree. For an often discussed topic recommending a "Google" search will provide a greater variety of opinions and save everybody time.
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Bill Waller wrote:

You don't, at least in any newsreaders I have used. Instead, open the browser of your choice and go to this web site: http://groups.google.com
Using the "Advanced Groups Search" you can search just this newsgroup. Here is the URL from my Favorites for searching just this group. After the page displays, just change "tablesaw" to whatever you're searching for and click the "Google Search" button. http://groups.google.com/groups?num 0&q=tablesaw+group%3Arec.woodworking
... Then save it in your bookmarks. ;-)
HTH.
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trents32 wrote: Group: rec.woodworking Date: Mon, Feb 16, 2004, 8:18pm (EST+5) From: snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (trents32) Is there a device that you can put on a drill press table to allow it to act as a verticle lathe? Something that holds wood on center and spins that attaches to table? Im considering making some small columns, on order of 6inches tall and need to duplicate 4 of them. I have made small wood topping spindals on a drill press before only attached to chuck. But something like this would require the attachment on both ends I think. Ultimately I need corner round molding Like sold by Rockler as Create-a-Corner. But when you add up the cost, I might as well by a lathe. Any thoughts appreciated. ****************************************************** The spindle bearings of a drill press are not made to take side thrust and would be damaged if you use it for a lathe. I experienced this when I used my former one as a router. I would suggest buying an inexpensive lathe.
Peace ~ Sir Edgar
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Sir Edgar wrote:

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With a small 6" balanced piece and proper cutting techniques there should be very little side load placed on the drill press bearings. I started turning on a home made drill press attachment (plans were in Woodsmith" #108, on pages 26-27) similar to the "Vertilathe" so often hawked by George Devine. Heck I'll save him the effort:
http://www.mytoolstore.com/vertilat/vertilat.html
-- Jack Novak Buffalo, NY - USA (Remove "SPAM" from email address to reply)
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trents32 wrote:

You'd be better off to buy a real lathe in the long run, because once you discover how fun it is, you'll wonder how you ever made do on a drill press, and why you didn't buy one sooner.
I started out the same way, incidentally, but no, I never did get around to making a tool rest and tailstock for the drill press. I was making wooden locomotives, and turning smokestacks and steam domes on my drill press; making them out of dowels stuck directly into the chuck. I was pretty pleased with my results, but they were rather less than elegant in retrospect.
It was enough to put the idea of a lathe in my head. Ironically, I never did get around to making any more locomotives. I don't have anything for the lathe capable of holding such small work yet, (I need to get a chuck for it) but I haven't run out of other ways to amuse myself. I'm having a great time with the thing, even though I haven't done any of the projects for which I purchased it initially. Since I got it, I haven't gotten around to doing anything else, and I've been spending all my shop time turning.
If you do want to do the vertilathe thing anyway, you already have the URL for the commercial version. If you don't feel like paying him $50 or whatever for the silly thing, you can fashion one for yourself easily enough. Among other sources, there's a plan on page 78 of "200 Original Shop Aids & Jigs for Woodworkers" by Rosario Capotosto.
If you decide to go the lathe route, and you're limited as I am in available space and available capital, the out-going model of JET mini (being replaced with an otherwise identical VS model) is still readily available, and is an excellent small machine for a very reasonable price at $200. It gets you 9" swing (maximum bowl diameter *) and 14" between centers out of the box, and you can get a bed extension for $60 that gives you 40" between centers; if you have room for something that wide. That and a set of Harbor Freight lathe tools for $40 will get you a long way.
(* I didn't think I would ever turn a bowl either, and I wasn't the slightest bit worried about this initially. However, bowls are actually pretty fun!)
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