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.
David Fenner based this practical book on his many hours “road testing” mini-lathes in his own home workshop. After a career of over forty years spent mainly in manufacturing engineering, he 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.
Contents: Safety; Preparing the Lathe; Tooling, Materials and Geometry; Getting Started; Tooling Up; Gear Cover and Headstock Dividing Attachment; Modifications for Milling; Improving Rigidity and Making a Part Off Tool; Guided Centre Punch; Filing Rest; Use of Steadies; Chuck Depth Stock; Toolpost Powered Spindle; Saw Table; Grinding Rest; DRO Handwheels; Radious Turning Attachment; Fitting Taper Roller Bearings.
Published by Special Interest Model Books in 2009
210 x 148 mm
224 black and white photographs
53 scale plans & line drawings