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Steven Miles 103/06/2020 12:07:31
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Hi All,

Just joined up, seems the place to be for sage advice and teachings!

Looking for a lathe firstly to start up some basic turning, then if I haven't killed myself, a mill 😳


Brian H03/06/2020 13:02:51
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Hello Steven and welcome to this excellent forum. Is there anything in particular that you are hoping to use the lathe for?

Plenty of help on here if you have any questions.


Neil Wyatt03/06/2020 13:07:19
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Welcome to the forum Steven,

If you take things steady with sensible precautions death is relatively unlikely...


old mart03/06/2020 19:19:50
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Welcome, Steven, you've come to the right place to get advice on how to spend all your money. wink

Howard Lewis03/06/2020 22:13:25
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If you are not aware, there is a Model Engineering Club in Milton Keynes. The address, according to the Station Road Steam, website, is The Caldecotte Arms, Bletcham Way, Bletchley, MK7 8HP

Would be worth making contact. You would, under normal circumstances, get some useful face to face advice, and / or demonstration.

You can learn a lot from reading the many posts on here. There is a VAST range of expertise on here!

FWIW, before buying a lathe, think about what you want to make with it, and then buy something a little larger, ready for when your horizons and ambitions expand.

If thinking of buying secondhand, unless you are used to machine tools, take someone knowledgeable with you to check the machine. Buying a worn machine, possibly with essential parts missing can be costly and still leave you with an expensive door stop!

Before launching into making a model, make yourself familiar with the machine, and the tools for it. You will gain knowledge and confidence.


MK_Chris05/06/2020 11:21:28
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A belated welcome Steven - from a local in Bletchley.

As implied many times : this is the essential and friendly forum for all.

Get started by adopting the old knitting guide line of "Knit one, purl one, drop one". If the first attempt is a "drop one" then that is usual practice. A scrap bin is an essential source of future material so don't be afraid to add to it - by accident of course. Just keep on enjoying. It really is good fun.


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