Bore big holes at the lathe with less effort
I like to turn salt and pepper mills on my lathe. But drilling large-diameter holes, 3–5" deep, in hardwood end grain, proved tough using the small handwheel on my lathe's tail center. To give my hands and arms additional leverage (and muscle relief), I added an 8"-diameter wheel with handle, made from wood discs, 1" dowel rods, T-nuts, bolts, nuts, and washers, as shown.
—Arthur Hoff, Lakeland, Fla.