These plans are for making a homemade mini metal lathe, great for model making and turning small parts.
This metal turning lathe has a capacity of up to 80 mm and a maximum distance between centers of about 100 mm. The tools required to build it are a hacksaw, breastdrill, files, clamps, and a few drills, taps and dies. After building the model maker's lathe, the second set of plans will guide you through building the tools and fittings you'll need. The first essential will be the cutting bit. Then you'll learn to make a drill chuck for the tailstock, and later a faceplate.