|Steven Miles 1||05/06/2020 22:42:39|
|3 forum posts|
Could someone suggest a book that will give me the basic understanding of lathes, operation, terminology etc?
I'm looking at entering the world of a hobby lathe in the garage door motorcycle work, fixing and improving stuff around the home... I'm sure it's a slippery slope 🤷🏻♂️
|442 forum posts|
L H Sparey's The Amateur Lathe is a very good starting point. There are also a number of books in the Workshop Practice Series that are useful.
Youtube is another good source of general learning.
|Martin Connelly||05/06/2020 22:55:43|
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Boxford did one called "Know Your Lathe - a screwcutting lathe manual"
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Spareys book is the one IMO
Only a few bucks too
|Nigel Graham 2||05/06/2020 23:19:45|
|655 forum posts|
Look on TEE Publishing's web-site - they also advertise in ME but of course can only list a few books there.
|Jeff Dayman||06/06/2020 00:04:39|
|1818 forum posts|
South Bend Corp's "How to run a lathe" book has been printed and reprinted many times starting I think in the 1930's but has a huge amount of useful info for anyone learning the metal lathe. +1 on the Sparey book being great also.
|Gary Wooding||06/06/2020 06:55:23|
|703 forum posts|
+1 for Sparey's book.
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£1 for 3 month digital subscription to MEW will get you access to MEW back issues with Editor Neil's "lathework for Beginners"
Edited By JasonB on 06/06/2020 07:13:51
|Nick Clarke 3||06/06/2020 08:34:03|
779 forum posts
I have a lot of time for Sparey - in fact I have both of his books on the desk in front of me but as a first introduction they are a little bit dated in places, and do not mention modern features such as speed control, digital read outs and indexable carbide tools, so I think Jason's suggestion may be more appropriate as a first start, then add Sparey as an additional resource later.
If you should end up with a mini lathe then Neil Wyatt's 'The Mini Lathe' is good for that class of machine.
|Steven Miles 1||06/06/2020 08:43:19|
|3 forum posts|
Sparey's book ordered and I'll take up the subscription.
Thanks for the advice. 👍🏻
|Mick B1||06/06/2020 20:58:59|
|1580 forum posts|
I liked Chapman's 'Workshop Technology'. It's 3 volumes, but everything's there, it's readable, and you'll keep coming back to it for years (actually decades in my case).
|Mark Gould 1||07/06/2020 14:40:01|
|212 forum posts|
I learned a lot by watching youtube video’s. There are several excellent “creators” who have made videos on lathe basics. Easier to digest than text from a book but that might be my inherent laziness shining through
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