The Mini-lathe

The Mini-lathe

Book rating: 04 Paperback Workshop Practice

By (author) David Fenner

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  • Publisher: Special Interest Model Books
  • Format: Paperback | 129 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 208mm x 10mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 30 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Hemel Hempstead
  • ISBN 10: 1854862545
  • ISBN 13: 9781854862549
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 224 b&w photos and 53 scale plans and line drawings
  • Sales rank: 17,464

Product description

The Mini-lathe has become the best-selling item of machinery in the hobby engineering market - often purchased as a first step by beginners to the hobby. For many years Myford lathes were considered as 'standard issue' for model engineers, but at about one-twentieth of the price of a new Myford, these new Mini-lathes set the benchmark for the future. This book is a complete course on using and improving this new generation of budget lathes. It explains everything from setting up and 'tuning' the machine for best performance to using accessories and carrying out tasks. The Mini-Lathe covers: Safety, Preparing the lathe, Tooling materials & geometry, Tooling up, Getting started, Gear cover, Head stock dividing attachment, Modifications for milling, Improving rigidity, Making a part off too , Guided centre punch, filing rest, use of steadies and chuck depth stop, Toolpost powered spindle, saw table and grinding rest , DRO handwheels, taper roller bearings.

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Author information

After a career of over forty years spent mainly in manufacturing engineering, David Fenner occupied the editorial chair at Model Engineer's Workshop magazine for about five years, relinquishing the role in 2007 to a life in Scotland where he devoted his time to hobby activities and to writing about home workshop topics. His first serious involvement in model making was with control line model aircraft in the late 1950s and early 1960s, taking up model engineering in the late 1970s. His other interests include classic cars and motorcycles.

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By Mike 05 Mar 2009 4

I've had my mini-lathe for almost a year now, but there's plenty of material in this book to keep me busy. Really good tips on setting up the lathe as well as very useful modifications.

Table of contents

Safety; Preparing the lathe; Tooling materials & geometry; Tooling up; Getting started; Gear cover; Head stock dividing attachment; Modifications for milling; Improving rigidity; Making a part off too; Guided centre punch; Filing rest; Use of steadies and chuck depth stop; Toolpost powered spindle; Saw table and grinding rest; DRO handwheels; Taper roller bearings.