The Compact Lathe

The Compact Lathe


By (author) Stan Bray

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  • Publisher: Special Interest Model Books
  • Format: Paperback | 187 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 206mm x 10mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Hemel Hempstead
  • ISBN 10: 1854862278
  • ISBN 13: 9781854862273
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 145 b+w photographs; 18 plans & line drawings; 9 tables of data
  • Sales rank: 153,192

Product description

The evolution of the compact, or portable, lathe has brought many a model engineer's life-long ambition to reality. No longer regarded as the scaled-down variant of the long-established permanent workshop machine, they are purpose-designed tools of remarkable ingenuity in their own right. Compact lathes (such as the Unimat III, Peatol, Shearline and Cowell range) are inexpensive, self-contained, adaptable to a broad range of machining techniques and ideally suited for beginners and those with working space restrictions. Stan Bray's comprehensive introduction to the subject covers the technology and the components, the machining operations and facilities which will enable the novice or experienced operator quickly to reach full proficiency and achieve the highest standards of lathe work.

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Author information

Stan Bray has written a number of books on model engineering and was editor of Model Engineers' Workshop and assistant editor of Model Engineer magazines.

Table of contents

Safety. Care of the Lathe. Lathe Tools. Turning Operations. Centre Height. Using the Three-Jaw Chuck. The Four-Jaw Chuck. The Faceplate. Turning Between Centres. Turning Tapers. Turning Radii. Drilling and Boring. Threading with Taps and Dies. Screw Cutting. Graduating and Dividing. Batch Production. Milling. Lubricants and Cutting Speeds. Uses for the Compact Lathe. Clockmaking. Unimat 4. The Proxxon pd 230/E. The Cowell Range. The Peatol Micro Lathe. Other Compact Lathes. Charts. Decimal Equivalents. Useful Terms & Phrases.