Building A Lathe

Idea Generation

What is this project about?

Looking for more support narrowing down your idea? Try using the idea matrix on this page.

I'm going to build a lathe out of recycled or cheap materials

What do you want to get out of this project?

A lathe

where did the skills go? we are taking skills out of the idea generation process, in an attempt to make projects more career-focused. If you want to get leveled-up for a project, share it with the appropriate guide or faculty member for feedback upon completion.

Guiding Question

Turn your idea above into a guiding question.

Check out some resources on how to write a guiding question here.

Can anybody build a lathe with simple tools?


What will it take for you to complete this project?

Use the table below to set your own timeline for deliverables, keep in mind when your final work product is due at the end of the cycle.

Keep in mind that this project cycle runs six weeks in total, as opposed to the typical four weeks.

Work Product Deliverables

Work out transmission
April 26, 2021
Assemble the chuck end
May 6, 2021
Final Work Product + Notion Page Due
May 21, 2021
Last Day of Project Cycle
May 28, 2021


Use this space to take notes, keep track of your sources, or conversations you have with people about this project.


Retrofitted bread machine motor
April 14, 2021
I disassembled a bread machine and retrofitted the motor, a powerful universal one, to turn on when connected to power and disregard the control ciruits.
Coupler design
April 22, 2021
I designed a coupler to couple to the mounting bolt for the chuck and a standard 5mm shaft for the transmission.
Waiting Period
April 23, 2021 → May 1, 2021
Not much progress can be made while I wait for the 3d printer to arrive. Working out issues with mounting of various components.
April 29, 2021
Our air conditioner may need to be replaced. Hopefully there will be a salvageable motor.
Items ordered
May 7, 2021
Jaw, die, and other components were ordered
Chisels bought
May 8, 2021
Bought chisels for the lathe
Motor salvaged
May 11, 2021
Salvaged a motor from the air conditioning, made it work

Embed your Work Product Here 👇🏽

How do I embed my work product on notion?

Click below where it says "Untitled" this will open a new page with an embed block. You can click on this embed block to upload a file or link from your computer. You might also choose to create your project write on that untitled page itself.

Add a short description and cover photo

At the top of this page, you'll see a field where you can write a short description of what this project is about. if you hover over the title, you'll also see a place where you can "add cover". Pick a photo that captures the main idea of your project.

Work Product



Reflect on this project cycle by answering the questions below.

The act of reflecting allows you to highlight the accomplishments and applications of your project. (questions courtesy of Powderhouse Studios)

Was your project meaningful?

Did this project matter? In what ways did it further your knowledge, force you to grow, or provide something useful?

Was your project ambitious?

Given what you already know, did this project challenge you in meaningful ways?

Was your project deep?

Did your project engage with powerful ideas or tools? Additionally, did you engage with the material in a deep sense (i.e. did you develop ownership over the ideas or tools)? Can you utilize these skills independently now?


Use the pages below "QR Partner Feedback" and "Faculty Feedback" to find places for improvement.

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