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Even people not heavily involved in metal working such as amature telescope makers have found the ability to cast metals to me very useful.

I am also in a location where suitable machines at the right price were not available. Again, google is your friend. Renew Now Dont miss an issue! Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

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Join Date Aug Posts 8, South Bend produced a book on building a 8″ metal lathe in a home shop. I say this now because I now have a tiny bit of experience in using lathes and mills and what it takes to make an accurate part. It does not wear well either, if things are threaded into it frequently or bearing on it. Another site worth checking out is http: My hazy recollections are that L. Gee, I am glad I wasted my time making this one. Have fun and enjoy your build.

A; not likely, even with import costs going up the small machines are still an excellent value. Model RailwayMaker’s Lathe Volume page 84 But sorry my notebook only gave the volume and not the year All good Machine shops big or small should have basic Metal Casting knowledge The reason for the long rant is to agree with all other posters that it is not worth the effort to make a little lathe these days.


Probably just make them. Emerging from the ether world all the files and emails have emerged. My castings were every bit as good. The reality is that one could easily make a better than purchased lathe. Please don’t base your decision solely on ideas expressed here. I’m thinking I’ll make a 5C spindle.

Used a truck gearbox for the sawmill and some mini gearbox out of something small and available depression era for the gear shifter in the lathe. Something like this, http: Check out Bruce Metzger’s albums.

I’m detecting a huge amount of negatvity in the thread with respect to DIY laths and the Gingery process.

However, look also at all the bits and pieces that go into building one. A used industrial lathe is a fast way to get into machining and they are often cost much less than a new lathe, certainly less work than making a lathe.

I hope some others here see the humor in that.

Homemade Lathe?

I have come across the following material already. H section beam, hot rolled steel section, drills and fasteners, some local machine shops with rough and ready equipment and a friendly local foundry.

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It isn’t arriving, but the journey o.c.mason teaches. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A home shop foundry geared to aluminum can be very useful for many castings that the hobbyist needs.

Idea is to make something tiny that can cut metal. Amazon Buildlng Stream millions of songs. First of several lathes, actually. Mason, a Brit, wrote a book “Building a Small Lathe.

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I don’t remember the site that I found them. These photos are buikding the machine as I found it. Making a lathe from scratch,I. No No, I don’t need my Bookworld details anymore. If I knew of anything of significance that may assist in either avoiding or solving problems, I’d tell him. Yes Tony, I thought of the Google Translator option. A nice spindle is the harder part, I think. It takes advantage of existing precise alignment bores and is a surprisingly capable machine.

When it comes right down to it all good shops should have a casting capability. If you are interested please let me know and I’ll send to you the URL address.