View Full Version : Homier Wood Lathe

06-18-2003, 10:22 AM
Does anyone know if this lathe is worth buying? For $60 I thought it might be worth having around to clean and re-tp shafts. Unfortunately I don't know anything about lathes.


06-18-2003, 10:44 AM
Just to help out, that link was for the tool category. Here's the actual link to the lathe:


I think most knowledgeable cue mechanics will tell you that a metal lathe is best for cue work, although I've known of a few who use wood lathes. This one is priced very cheap, which leads me to suspect its quality and precision. Harbor Freight sells a small machinist's lathe, and it costs about $350.

06-18-2003, 11:38 AM
Thanks for fixing the link.

I shouldn't say I don't know anything about lathes because I have been doing a lot of research in the last few days. But I am unclear on why the metal lathe would be better than the wood lathe if all I'm doing is shaft work.

I have even thought about building a wood lathe using a sewing machine motor with the foot switch. Apparantly this is good for putting on Irish linen wraps. Accuracy does not seem like an issue since I'm just basically spinning a shaft.

Some questions I have are; does the shaft fit through the spindle on the Homier metal lathe to do tip work and if it does what's the diameter of the hole?, does the end of the shaft have to be supported when doing tip work or do you just use your hand?

06-18-2003, 01:39 PM
I don't know much about cue making or repair, but as a retired machinist, I would suggest a metal lathe. You have to have a chuck or collet system to hold the work. Wood lathes operate with a head and tail stock center system. Without special tooling, you have no good way to hold the cue. Turning wood is an art also. An amature can atleast use a tool post on a metal lathe with fair accuracy.


06-18-2003, 03:47 PM
You could use it to clean and polish shafts, but that's about it.

Certainly very cheap.


06-18-2003, 04:21 PM
You can find some info here:


I can find it right now, but I think the hole through the headstock is 5/8", but "Varmint Al" discovered that it could be 'safely bored to 13/16"'. Take a look here:


Recently, Fred posted (http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showthreaded.php?Cat=&Board=ccb&Number=82608&Forum =ccb&Words=lathe&Match=Entire%20Phrase&Searchpage= 0&Limit=25&Old=3weeks&Main=82075&Search=true#Post8 2608) some pictures of his mini-lathe, including one with a shaft chucked-up for tip work.

In closure, you will simply want the metal lathe for the sake of accuracy 'out of the box'. If you try a wood lathe, you will probably wind up putting a fair amount of $ and effort into building jigs, and having to develop a lot of 'feel'--and most likely will with that you had gotten the metal lathe. . . .