Posts Tagged ‘lathe’
For a long time I had a hard time calling myself a “woodworker”. I have no formal training and no certificates or diplomas to support such a claim. So to go around saying “I’m a legitimate woodworker” just because I pushed some tools through wood before (or vice versa) felt like an insult to those who truly put in the time and effort to become proficient in the craft. But I really enjoyed working with wood and hand tools and building furniture, so I continued working and learning until eventually I felt comfortable acknowledging that yes, I am in fact a “woodworker” or “furniture maker”, etc.
On the other hand, I was formally trained as a mechanical engineer which included working with various metal lathes, mills, and other equipment, all of which I enjoyed using, but since graduating college I’ve had little to no access to such equipment. So unlike woodworking, where I had tools and a lack of skill, when it came to working with metal I had skill and no tools. Until now that is. Being partner in a toolmaking business finally gave me a good excuse to purchase a metal lathe, a dream lathe really, and set it up on the non-woodworking side of my shop. I even have space for a mill to go next to it someday, if I can figure out how to get one down there.
Anyway, the ability to make custom parts, tooling, prototype hardware, or anything else I feel like making is a huge benefit for the business and I love being able to put my metal working background to use again. So without further reading (yawn), here’s a few shots of the most recent addition to my shop. And because every lathe seems to operate a little differently, I included some basic descriptions of what each lever and dial is used for.
That’s the jist of it. And if you noticed that chart on the right of the second lathe picture, it’s an extremely handy Starrett drilling and tapping chart. It’s the simplest, most complete one I’ve ever used so if you’ve never seen it before, download it here.
If you have any questions or are looking for the manual for this lathe feel free to leave a comment or send us an email. Merry Christmas. -WMT