Workholding in the Lathe


A fundamental requirement of the lathe operation is the ability to hold any workpiece securely on the machine. In this book, the author discusses all the practical aspects of the subject, with photographs to illustrate specific points.

ISBN: 978 085242 908 2
Author: Tubal Cain


A fundamental requirement of lathe operation, for accuracy and safety, is the ability to hold any workpiece securely and, preferably, repeatedly on the machine. While few problems arise with straightforward work on a properly aligned lathe, the variety of jobs undertaken by small workshops and model engineers is bound to give rise to occasions when how to hold work requires consideration. When great accuracy is essential, working methods and lathe set-up are vital for an acceptable result.

In this book Tubal Cain discusses in his inimitable, practical style all aspects of the subject with the whys and hows, including basic lathe alignment.

Contents: Between Centres; Faceplate Work; General Chuckwork; Universal or Independent Chuck; Self-Centreing Chuck; Unusual Chucks; Collets; Work Steadies; Lathe Alignment.

Tubal Cain was the pen name of engineer and craftsman Tom Walshaw, the writer of many best-selling home workshop and model engineering guides.

Originally published in 1987 by Argus Books Ltd
Special Interest Model Books edition published 2005

210 x 148 mm
112 pages
88 black & white photographs
56 plans & scale drawings