This is a platform for User Generated Content. G/O Media assumes no liability for content posted by Kinja users to this platform.

Lathelopnik: Nothing Special

I realized I’ve not mentioned it here, and since it’s somewhat relevant: I recently bought a lathe from one of my new favorite places (an industrial surplus shop in Cleveland).

After thorough cleaning and oiling
After thorough cleaning and oiling
Photo: MM54
Advertisement

Nothing particuarly special or fancy about the machine, but it’s secondhand and once cleaned was in basically-new condition (and came with a very sturdy table). Only nearly-killed 5 of my friends getting it into the basement (~500lb; garage is full). It’s plenty capable of anything I’d need from it.

No particular dimensions, faced and turned some random scrap 3/4" steel round stock to make sure it works
No particular dimensions, faced and turned some random scrap 3/4" steel round stock to make sure it works
Photo: MM54
Advertisement

It even works! Pardon the awful surface finish. It was just a test cut and I was using the tool that came in it while I wait for more holders for the QCTP to show up, which was ground for facing moreso than actual turning. I also dyslexia’ed the gearbox table and turned the feed up for the final pass instead of down. Oops. We’ll call it 50/50.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter