What's funny is I have the tools and I still just do it with files. I will be using the Mill on my next build as this works perfectly. I never though to use my metal mill for doing wood. I've used the lathe to taper yards and that works fantastic. If you have a drill press you can use that as a lathe I used one for a year till I bought my first metal lathe I used it mostly on metal and it worked Great you can also now buy a cross slide milling vice for the drill press and the vice has your X Y axis on it so its can be used as a milling machine. https://www.harborfreight.com/5-in-rugged-cast-iron-drill-press-milling-vise-69159.html I have and use one of these on my small drill press and it works great I use it to make sure I put holes exactly where I want them but it can be used to mill things. When I was learning Machining work the first machine tool your given is a set of files a good Machinist should absolutely be able to make parts with only a file set. I spent 3 months using files as part of my apprenticeship at the shop that taught me Machining they had me making tools and parts using only files and I got Darn good at it if I must say so myself. took a few whacks to the back of the head for using it like a saw till I learned files aren't saws and should never be used as such they have 1 direction only.
I will make a video or pictorial today of how to use the drill press as a lathe and a milling machine. Ill tag you in the Post Brother
@Ekis - I was reluctant to make this video as I understand that not everyone has nor even has access to this type of equipment.
I hope that everyone understands that I certainly am not boasting about anything here as I have had this for several years now. All of us (including myself) fall in between a gap of either not having enough tools to too many tools. The Lathe and the Mill are actually the only good things that I have. The only recent addition was a MicroMark mini table saw and my wife bought that for me. My other tools are very old . There are many things I would love to add to my shop like a oscillating drum sander, etc. I also remember about 14 years ago when I started, the only thing I had was one exacto knife and a couple of tweezers and a small table that a TV used to sit on. Money flow for me is almost non existent for now.
@epicdoom (Joe) thanks for your ingenuity as I have also used bizarre setups. I had at one time what I called my "ugly lathe" as it was a powered drill that ran about 30 RPM --- HA --- try tapering a dowel with that. So, I have been there and done that trying to make do with what I had or have.
Before SOS forums was born and my very first work bench area a TV stand of which I made long time ago: The tool chest is a jewelry chest that was being deeply discounted from lowes as damaged. The ship is teh Captain Kidd plastic from Lindberg. I was not even doing wood at the time as I was intimidated by it and thought I would or could never do wood. I tried many many years ago and never completed one. I guess this jumped started me again when I got married.
This is my first lathe: My second bench I made out of a solid core door and the little drawers were made by me.
outstanding repurpose of a hand drill. many things designed for use in one way can be used in others. I saw my father take a few 2X4's screw them together to make a channel he put the hand drill in the channel with hose clamps and then use that as a drill guide to line bore a round steel bar into a gun barrel with some fantastic results. I now have that crudely made 32 cal. handgun and it still shoots perfectly.
I was reluctant to make this video as I understand that not everyone has nor even has access to this type of equipment.
I hope that everyone understands that I certainly am not boasting about anything here as I have had this for several years now.