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Adrian Johnstone09/03/2019 07:42:27
18 forum posts

Here's a home-built lathe to give you mightmares...



Michael Gilligan09/03/2019 07:58:16
14264 forum posts
627 photos

Inspired re-use of the castings star

... but pretty & petite it aint !


OldMetaller09/03/2019 08:07:47
152 forum posts
14 photos

Beast! surprise

Interesting website. I read the article on what to do if you get superglue in your eye. I'm normally very careful about eye protection, but realised that I had never considered using safety glasses whilst using superglue. I will do from now on.


Brian Oldford09/03/2019 08:09:03
586 forum posts
4 photos

I wouldn't want to carry that upstairs.

jimmy b09/03/2019 08:58:01
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Mick B109/03/2019 09:34:13
1242 forum posts
70 photos

Interesting that he has the tailstock running on separate bedways to the saddle. I've seen that before on a big Binns & Berry. It can be useful, but I'd imagine it fails value engineering to most 'proper' lathe builders. Of course it gives this guy an extra straightness/parallelism feature to look after in his build.

Clive Foster09/03/2019 10:34:16
1892 forum posts
62 photos

Shades of the multimachine

Problem with all such projects is that getting reliable repeatable accuracy over a usefully wide range is hard. Very hard. A work to 10 thou machine is probably not unreasonable. Work to 1 thou maybe if you are good and iterate through several builds. Work to tenths. Fergeddit. Thats factory built by pros territory.


Jeff Dayman09/03/2019 13:14:56
1656 forum posts
42 photos

Man that one in Adrian's posted link is rough! Did anyone notice the Chrysler Slant 6 blocks are chained together? The article mentioned they were not welded! I'm all for home builds and found materials but this is rough even by my standards! I'm sure you can remove material with it, but accuracy and precision are unlikely.

Edited By Jeff Dayman on 09/03/2019 13:16:21

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