Let’s turn and burn..!

I brought my lathe home with me today.
I have just had time to unbox it and give it a cursory glance.
I need to read the manual and do some basic assembly.

Here it is, in all its glory.
Banana for scale.
No, it’s not a huge banana, it’s a small lathe…

Say hello to Chuck.
Isn’t he adorable?
It’s packed in wax paper and it smells wonderfully from machine oil.

Here’s the gearbox. To change speed range and feeding you need to switch gears manually.

It came with its own porn mag…

This is going to be fun!!


Congrats Troll. You need to give us a video tour of your workshop some time.

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Careful with that thing. No long hair, ties, necklaces, or Seinfeld puffy shirts around that thing. I’ve heard nightmare fuel lathe and table saw stories at my job from the nurses…


Ok. Can do! :slight_smile:
The shop is a small room and I need to rearrange stuff all the time, depending on what I’m working on. And for larger or messy jobs I need to move to the garage.

:ballot_box_with_check: Shaved head.
:ballot_box_with_check: No turning in uniform.
:ballot_box_with_check: Only necklace I’ve got is my Airside card. See above.
:ballot_box_with_check: Don’t know how I’ll survive without them, but will drop the puffy shirts…

It has got some nice safety features that prevents accidental start and running with the key in the chuck, etc.
But one must respect power tools!
Not long ago I was just going to brush off some metal burrs that had collected on the drill bit. The rotating burr snagged my glove and tore it straight off my hand and twisted it around the drill chuck in a fraction of a second.
I don’t want to think about what could’ve happened if my glove hadn’t come off…
Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!!!


Glad that you mentioned that. I’ve just inherited a wood lathe from my father-in-law. In fact, a shop full of wood working tools. Would rather have metal, but not complaining. It’s sitting in Columbus Ohio ATM. Need to run up there and rent a UHaul trailer.

Reminds me, when I was 17 or 18, dad was teaching me how to tune up my Malibu’s 283. There I was leaning over the front of the engine shinning the timing light at the flywheel, with one hand on the distributor. As I leaned further in to see the timing mark on the flywheel, my long hair began to get caught in the fan belt, which would have pulled my face and head into the fan, belt, pulleys, etc. My dad seeing what was happening, grabbed me by the back of my jean jacket’s collar, and jerked me out in that same moment. It took a good chunk of hair, along with my pride. Oh yeah, my dad chewed my ass for a while. Lesson learned.


Sooooo useful tool! You will create some great things, I am sure!


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I like to see that you are also getting good levels of potassium in your projects :slight_smile:

Oh dear.
Reminds me of this sign I saw some time ago on some machine (might have been something on a truck…)

Edit: now that I look at it, it definitely was a connection shaft between a truck and a trailer.

The guy working there said it was definitely not exaggerated…


Obligatory remark of that German safety video of the forklift operator


It should be on most/all PTO shafts, usually with a rotating guard. That stuff is no joke.

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Yeah, turns out that if over 100hp of engine power try to wrap your puny human body around that shaft they will succeed in doing so.

Movie time…


Will that thing have to be bolted to something or is there such thing as a table top lathe?

Looks like a nice little machine @Troll. Just a mild scold though, You should not run the machine without something clamped in the chuck. :sunglasses:


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No, but doing so will steady the slide and reduce vibrations.
I’ve seen some users bolt their lathes to kitchen countertop boards. Stone tops, even.
But that’s mostly important when turning long steel axles, that require high precision.
I will make a box for the lathe, with a sturdy piece of board as a base.

You should go buy a lathe to machine some screws for bolting your lathe to your countertop.


I see no other solution…


Tried the lathe today.
Just, wow!
So much fun!
Result was great as well.
I’m still waiting for 9mm alu rod stock. I have only 8mm, but it’s good enough for testing. The knob is turned down to 7mm, leaving a flange and then the circles are turned using a saw blade.
The cap is made from 11x7mm alu pipe that I drill out partly with a 9mm drill bit.


You can manufacture parts for your Dash 8 now…! We just need to get you a part number stamper…

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