The Amateur's Lathe

The Amateur's Lathe

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By (author) Lawrence H. Sparey

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  • Publisher: Special Interest Model Books
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 208mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Hemel Hempstead
  • ISBN 10: 0852422881
  • ISBN 13: 9780852422885
  • Edition: 9
  • Illustrations note: 229 black & white photographs; 224 b+w plans & diagrams
  • Sales rank: 20,331

Product description

The definitive work on the use of the small (three and a half inch) lathe which has been the primer for every amateur, student and apprentice engineer, modelmaking hobbyist, small garage proprietor and light engineering operator since its original publication in 1948. The author has succeeded in giving a complete course of instruction, embracing almost every process that can be accomplished own the small lathe including information on tools, accessories and costs. The amateur's problems are tackled in a refreshingly practical manner, showing how the model engineer or small industrial user can perform a variety of operations normally requiring a whole workshop full of machinery. Photographs and drawings provide step-by-step instructions on a wide range of topics which will interest all engineers - from apprentices to retired hobbyists.

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Lawrence Sparey was that somewhat rare combination - a professional engineer with what he himself called 'an amateur's outlook' which allowed him to maintain his appreciation of the difficulties of the average workshop owner with his small lathe. He was also a pioneer of model aeroplane internal combustion engines for home construction in Britain of the 1940s. This book represents the accumulated engineering wisdom of a previous generation.

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By Mike 05 Mar 2009 5

This is truly a great book. My copy is almost worn out from how much I have used it.

Table of contents

The Lathe. Choosing a Lathe. Installing the Lathe. Lathe Accessories. Measuring Equipment. Lathe Tools. Drills & Reamers. Holding Work in the Lathe. Marking Out. Plain Turning & Boring. Taper Turning. Crankshaft Turning. Disc & Ball Turning. Screwcutting. Milling, Shaping & Grinding in the Lathe. Lapping. Metal Spinning. Spring Winding. Turning Rubber. Production Methods in Small Lathes. Care of the Lathe and its Accessories.