Buying a new lathe?

Dose anyone own or has used the 7x16 metal lathe from micro-mark?  I'm looking for something I can do both metal and wood work on the off week ends.

Posted by Deepeyes 7 years ago


Where to buy a used metal lathe

I am looking for a used table top metal lathe (old or new) for around $200.I would also like to manual inspect it for dammage.Anyone know where I can find one?

Posted by Sedgewick17 11 years ago


Plumbing Lathe!

Here you can see a "The Boy Mechanic" idea, a Lathe you can make with Plumbing Material!

Posted by Edgar 11 years ago


limit breaking on the Mini Mill/ Lathe

This is a general discussion of limit-breaking for small tools

Posted by ikrase 10 years ago


100% home made lathe by catwood sept.20 2007

Sir, Catwood posted about a 100% homemade lathe. where I can find measure drawings of the lathe?so I caould buld one. Mike

Posted by bandit01 10 years ago


home made lathe?

If anyone has made a SAFE lathe or jury rigged a motor/drill SAFELY i would like to see pics, or an instructable...

Posted by nickdisney 11 years ago


Machining Service (Lathe and Milling Machine)

Hi Everyone, I'm a self employed engineer from Lincolnshire, England. I have a Lathe and Milling machine for doing small jobs and projects. I would like to offer my services at to the instructables at very competitive prices. If you email me a sketch of what you need making I can draw it in CAD for you to approve. We can sort out payment and delivery on a job by job basis. Thanks for reading. Pleas PM me if you're interested.

Posted by TomGoff 5 years ago


Centre drill without a lathe

Can anyone suggest a simple way to accurately drill a hole in the end of a dowel so that it's perfectly centred and parallel to the sides? I want to install hardware in two brush shafts to make a break-down pole that will support a tarp, and will fit in a car boot. If you imagine the brass hardware you see in a snooker cue, you'll get the idea. I could make a jig to hold, and align, the drill and dowel but it's a lot of fuss for a rig I probably won't ever use again.

Posted by barista 2 years ago


Anyone in the uk with a lathe. I need some simple turning done.

Is there anyone in the UK that could do this for me at a reasonable price? I have some pieces of aluminium 25mm round bar that I need some simple turning work done on. I need one end of the bar taking down to 24mm and a 25mm deep hole threaded to take a 1/4 UNC bolt in the other end, Other aluminium 25mm round bars need a 25mm deep hole threaded to take a 1/4 UNC bolt in one end and a 25mm deep hole threaded to take a 3/8 UNC bolt in the other end. I am in Reading Berkshire.

Posted by yellowcatt 5 years ago


Machine shop training course.

I am thinking of running machine shop training courses in the UK for those interested in learning how to really use lathes and other big shop equipment. The idea is subject to insurance company permission etc. but I wanted to gauge if there was any potential interest from people here (obviously only those based in the UK, unless you really want to commute) I'd expect costs to be something like 50 GBP per day + materials, and no more than two or three people per session, keeping the ratio of machines to people as 1:1. We'll probably try and do "group projects" as well as bring your own. The idea of group projects is that every ones gets to make more than one of something, to get techniques sorted out, and then we combine everyones work into assemblies - collaboration at its finest. Steve

Posted by steveastrouk 8 years ago


Woodturning: My First Bowl

Just wanted to post pix of my first bowl, it's turned from endgrain green wood, either Chinese Tallow or Chinaberry, I forget which, found it on the roadside. Finished with wax, it is now slowly drying whilst wrapped in brown paper, hopefully it will dry without cracking.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 10 years ago


Sparks fly when you machine titanium.

Hey everyone, I was surprised at what happens you machine titanium at 3200 rpms. Check out the sparks that flew while machining a 2"x1/8" titanium disc. Some sparks would even combust in mid air like tiny fireworks.   Brent

Posted by Mrballeng 5 years ago


Should I get a metal lathe or a milling machine first

Hi there, I have done metal work on lathes and milling machines at school and I found it very interesting and good fun. I am interested in doing some metal work of my own as a hobby. I do not want to go into it all guns blazing straight away incase I do not get on with it very well. My question is should I buy a metal lathe or a milling machine to start with, I have a maximum budget of about £400 but I still want quality machines.  It seems to me that I can make a wider range of projects with a milling machine but a lathe allows me to make screw threads and bore holes etc which would be useful. I have seen lathes which have a milling machine attachment on them but I think it would be better to have it as a separate unit.  I would be very grateful for people opinions on this, but remember that I am a complete beginner with a budget!!! Thanks Ben B.

Posted by Beninstructablesbryant 6 years ago


woodturning

How could i make this beter or is it ok by its self

Posted by classiczippo 9 years ago


Budget Bowl Lathe

I salvaged an AC motor from an old water pump I found on the side of the road and want to use it to make a simple lathe for turning green wood bowls and cups.  I was thinking about using a floor flange as the face plate, a nipple for the shaft and pillow bearing blocks to support it.  This assembly would be driven by a v belt and controlled by the speed controller from a jig saw.  I attached pictures of the components and a simple cad drawing of the assembly. Do you think this would be functional? Any recommendations?        

Posted by ischaren 1 year ago


Cheap equpiment?

Are there any decent, really inexpensive equipment of: metal/cnc lathes cnc mills by cheap i mean under 300 dollars each, even cheaper is better! they don't have to be really expensive, actually for the mill, I'm only looking for something that can mill like 4"x4"x2" or something like that. And for the lathe I'm looking for something that can mill like 3 inches in diameter and a foot long. Thanks!

Posted by guyfrom7up 9 years ago


I built a gun.

Over the summer, I designed and built an extremely simple single-shot .22 pistol. Below is a video showing all of the parts and the first shots fired. I did this as a design exercise and to see how hard it would be to build a reliable firearm, going from idea to 3D model to working prototype in about three weeks. So far I've fired over 200 rounds with 0 malfunctions, however some parts still need to be heat treated and I need to apply a finish and maybe add some sights. When it's completely finished, I'll port my blog posts into an instructable. 

Posted by JamesRPatrick 4 years ago


Tech Shop

Anyone else out there use/go to the Tech Shop in Menlo Park? I've taken 3 of their safty and basic usage classes for the lathe, mill and aluminum sand casting. I want to start making things, but I'm still a little unsure of myself. For a first project I want to make a vise. I found some plans that I want to scale down a little. I will need to either by or make a lead screw. I'll probably try to make one, its a learning experience, so what's the point otherwise? Anyone there have advise?

Posted by GlobalVillageIdiot 11 years ago


Anything like TechShop in IL?

I wanted to do some more fabrication on an aluminum block (1' cube), and was wondering if there were open machine shops that gave members access to a CNC lathe/mill, specifically in IL.

Posted by Junkbots 6 years ago


Here're some primers for basic techniques in the machine workshop.

I've posted this link elsewhere on 'ibbles, I make no apology for that, just spreadin' the knowledge :-)Covers the basics of workshop practice courtesy of MIT robotics lab. It's quite dry, but I bet these guys really let go at the weekend.Robot delivery roomEnjoy!

Posted by bosherston 9 years ago


Metal Work

Does anyone out there have any knowledge on Cadam programming? I have a mini lathe and milling head and thinking about putting a Cad system on them. Would it be cheaper to just buy one already set up? Also looking for model plans to build and construct.

Posted by Roy Space 6 years ago


Steampunk Shopsmith: Antique, Steam-driven Pulley Workshop

Found on ebay, this thing has a lathe, jig saw, drill press, grinder, and more along with 3 lights. It's like a Steampunk Shopsmith, but it's real.

Posted by laminterious 10 years ago


Best ways to get free access to a metal shop

So im looking for ways that people are able to get access to metal working tools for quick projects for free. All I need to do is just turn a flashlight body on a lathe and make the inside of the body 18.5mm (from 16.5mm) so that i can fit 18650 size batteries. I was thinking maby I could call up a metal shop and ask to machine the body if I help clean up the shop at the end of the day or see if I could find someone in my area with a lathe. If anyone has any ideas or proven ways to get quick metal projects done please post away.

Posted by tomtortoise 6 years ago


Whole slew of projects

If anyone is in the mood for a project, or just want to get some good ones made to help jazz up the site a bit, head on over to vintageprojects.com . I am going to make the treadle lathe this summer if I have time as I want to learn how to do wood turning.

Posted by Corvidae 11 years ago


The Boy Mechanic

Found this:The Boy MechanicIf you look at it, it seems old hat, but a few Hidrogen Generators, countless Photo projects, a real cool Turbine, and a pair of Lathe How-tos, along with an Aluminum Casting one, I find it interesting to say the least....And a Stationary windmill, that turns no mather where the wind comes from!

Posted by Edgar 11 years ago


Build Party, 3/7/08

Projects from march seventh, 2008. The MIT Electronic Research Society does it again! Michael chops his bike! Amy makes a passive-dynamic walker! Two fluid dynamics grad students in a homemade-boat competition! Welding! The new lathe tools in action!

Posted by stasterisk 10 years ago


Which electric motor for which project?

OK, so I got two projects for this winter. One - building a lathe for woodturning. Not a mini-lathe, but a bit more serious piece of equipment that I could use for some furniture details. Two - apple mill for cider. And I have two salvaged electric motors laying around. One is from an old Remington chainsaw, 1400 W and probably some quite serious speed. The other one is from a pump, actually water automate that sat on my 15-meter borewell. Do not have the data, but most probably slower (and it is way bigger). Problem is, I have zero experience with such stuff. For setting up the electricity side I will probably call in the cavalry, but first i need to decide, which motor I will use for which purpose. So, any advice, gurus?

Posted by wahur 5 years ago


Unimat Classic

Hello there, I am a new member to Instrucables although I have been looking through some of the wonderful creations on the site for some time now.  I’ve noticed a few members have used a Unimat Classic to produce their creations.  I am thinking of investing in one.  I have had a look on Google for some decent reviews, but I haven't been able to find many.  It seems the feedback ranges from “it's the best thing in the world for hobbyists” to “it's nothing more than a glorified child’s toy”!  I'm after some sensible feedback from members who own one or have had experience of using one.  I'm particularly interested in knowing how well the table saw handles metal and how well the lathes (both wood and metal) operate.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Posted by DK84 6 years ago


How to Make a precision metal tube?

I recently bought a mini metal lathe. I'm making an airsoft gun on it, and i need to make a barrel. The particular gun I'm making is the ppsh-41 (for all of you guys that play cod5, you know what i'm talking about! and for those who don't know, it's pronounced peh-peh-sha), which requires a barrel length of 270mm (found from the blueprints). This is just under a foot, and about the max my lathe can handle (but mind you it can still handle it! ). For an airsoft barrel, the inner diameter should be 6.01mm (as BB's are 6 mm in diameter and you want a tight seal for max accuracy). How can i create a precision barrel like this? My plan for the most part is to take a brass tube with an ID slightly smaller than this, and put it on my metal lathe and then fine tune the inside. The only problem is is that i would need a 1 foot long (or i suppose 6 inch long if I go from both ends, but it might affect the bb where the 2 cuts meet at the center) cutting tool that's less than 5mm (leaving some room for error) in diameter, and won't flex pretty much at all along it's 1 foot length. Or does the flex part not matter because it would flex a consistent amount the whole way? Anyone ever do something like this before?

Posted by guyfrom7up 9 years ago


Giant Hanging Light Bulb Lamp

I'm wanting to create a giant hanging light bulb lamp, similar to the ones I've uploaded, but I'm not really sure how I would go about doing it. I think I would make it out of plastic. So I would need to create a mold and then make two halves on a vacuum form, but I have no experience doing that. I'm not sure how I would make a mold of a giant light bulb, what materials to use and how to make it. I had thought about maybe cutting something out on a lathe but I don't have a lathe and it seems like it would have to be pretty big. I also thought about paper mache but I was afraid it might be too bumpy and light bulbs are smooth. Also once I have created the vacuum form plastic halves how I would attach them together with out having a large seam show.

Posted by stuarttt 2 years ago


Wanted-machinist who has own equipment

I need a machinist to give me an idea if something can be made from a set of "not well drawn" plans i purchased off a website. We have to buy our own equipment for our job, and if this project is practical, it would save me a lot of money in the long run IF it's practical and reliable, plus of course Safe to use.

Posted by SSGDave 7 years ago


Some really great ideas that would make good Instructables projects

I came across this site the other day and thought there were some fantastic projects (like a band saw made from plumbing pipe) that would make for great Instructables. I've personally been thinking about a lathe to go with my new mini mill....

Posted by Honus 9 years ago


CO2 gas flow detector

Hi all,  I have a 1/4 inch id plastic pipe fed by co2 at very low pressure, normally there is no flow,  but when there is flow (actually suction) I want to to operate a switch that allows flow from the source gas cylinder.  Can anybody help.  A friend can help with making components on a lathe.  Thank you.

Posted by grandad45 2 years ago


Machinable Clear Casting Resin

Hello, Does anyone know of a clear casting resin that when cured is also machinable?  I have an idea for a project that involves encasing objects in resin and then using power tools, milling machines, lathes, etc. to partially expose the object by cutting though it and the casting.  Any thoughts on what resin to use and where it can be purchased? Thanks!

Posted by WaffleM 4 years ago


How to Measure From a Picture

I am trying to make a table from a picture in a magazine, which has some intricate lathe work that I want to duplicate. The problem is the picture was taken at an unknown angle, and when I try to scale up from the picture my measurements come out screwed up. Is there something I can do that we allow me to find the right measurements?

Posted by Sedgewick17 10 years ago


Clean Your Sinuses, Homemade Lathe, Disco Coaster...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Sept. 27, 2007 Welcome back!October is right around the corner so get started for our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! If you want some inspiration for what you want to make for the best holiday of the year, check out these cool projects. How to Clean Your Sinuses You can clean your sinuses really effectively just using warm water, salt, and something called a Neti Pot. posted by noahw on Sep 25, 2007 IKEA Power Charging Box with individual switches Charge up select devices without wasting power on other chargers.posted by PROD on Sep 24, 2007 Trekking Pole Tripod Get steady shots in the outback without lugging any extra gear. posted by jeffkobi on Sep 24, 2007 This week's newsletter is sponsored byToyota 100% Homemade Lathe Put together your own lathe for around $100. posted by catwood on Sep 21, 2007 Disco Drinks Coaster Bring the feeling of Las Vegas into your living room with a colorful array of 100 LEDs.posted by ebenupton on Sep 22, 2007 PLAY AND RECHARGE IPOD USING OLD BOOMBOX - Hints and tips A guide to help you through some of the common problems with boombox modding.posted by unknownuser2007 on Sep 21, 2007 How to Install Standard-and-Bracket Book Shelves Why use PVC pipe for plumbing when you can glue it together to form a sniper rifle with a scope that can shoot at over 300 fps?posted by ewilhelm on Sep 22, 2007 Puri - similar to chapati but fried Normally prepared on festival days, delicate and delectable puris means pure pleasure guaranteed.posted by avinash on Sep 21, 2007 Wearable Disco Ball Visor Become a moving lightshow with this generous use of flexible mirror. posted by BIGDaddy504 on Sep 25, 2007 Rope into backpack Commonly known as the "butterfly coil," this is a very handy and quick way to carry any long rope. posted by sam noyoun on Sep 25, 2007 See who won! Halloween Contest 2007! Get a free shirt! Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Posted by lebowski 11 years ago


San Fran Membership Machine Shop??

I remember some article somewhere mentioning a place in or near San Francisco where you could pay a membership fee to go and use water jets, lathes, laser cutters, mills, and various other equipment. If i recall correctly, you could also take training courses there. However, I can't find the article, and I need help remembering the name/details.... can anyone help me out here?

Posted by gschoppe 11 years ago


$20 Gift Certificate to Inventables!

Instructables is teaming up with Inventables to run a Digital Fabrication Contest. The coolest part of this contest is that Inventables is also offering a $20 gift certificate to anyone who enters an Instructable in this contest. Eligible entries document how to make anything that involves a laser cutter, a 3D printer, CNC mill, CNC lathe, CNC plasma cutter, embroidery machine and more! If you turned a digital design into a physical object, we want to see how you did it. Have fun!

Posted by audreyobscura 6 years ago


Instructables UK Weekend Meet up - Day One

Present at the UK Meet up were - SteveAstroUK LizzyAstro Jayefuu gmjhowe Rainbow_Han Kiteman Kitewife Roger-X No 2 Son PKM Lemonie Willywoozle Jonnybo111 Perryscope Various Projects Including -  BBQ which then fed everyone present! Laser Chessboard Laser cut chess pieces CNC Milled Chess Pieces Metal Lathe Practice Crochet CNC Emroidery Laser Cut Toast Stencils Please Find attached some sample pictures!

Posted by gmjhowe 8 years ago


Tech space canada

Hello everybody, I was just wondering who would be interested in a tech shop/ space starting in Alberta, Canada. I live there and am looking to start a business possibly just looking for interest. It would include metalworking ie water jet and lathe work, woodworking ie table saw band saw and router, 3d printing and cad design team, laser cutting with its own team, teaching about coding and Arduino and micro controllers. If you are interested comment below. Also, anyone interested in funding a kick starter comment too :)

Posted by bhill12 4 years ago


Traditional Makers coming on the BBC

Sorry to exclude most readers, but you still may be able to watch by using proxy servers to access BBC iPlayer. Monty Don, a huge fan of traditional crafts, presents a series which celebrates six of the craft skills that built Britain and its heritage, ranging from thatching to stonemasonry. Under Monty's watchful eye, three hopefuls who are passionate about learning these trades are put through their paces by the country's leading practitioners of wood craft, metalwork, thatching, stonemasonry, weaving and stained glass. After six weeks of apprenticeship and labour, their work and achievements are judged by experts in their chosen field to see who has best mastered the craft. In the first episode, 46-year-old garden designer Charles Hooper, full-time student and single mum Sarah Charlton, 33, and 29-year-old supply teacher Tom Vaughan begin their intensive apprenticeship working with green wood, undeterred by the gruelling schedule. There are a little over 600 dedicated green wood workers in the country today, including the episode's mentor Guy Mallinson. He left a successful cabinet making business in London for a new life in Dorset, devoted to the simplicity of green wood craft. He works without power tools, screws or glue or fixings - just freshly cut or unseasoned wood and ingenious tools, such as the pole lathe and the steam bender. While Monty explores the importance of green wood in history, the trainees learn how to cleave the raw material, to turn blocks of wood on the pole lathe, and to manipulate the components fresh out of the steam bender. Then comes the final test - designing a chair and making it with no assistance. Can they pull it off? Link to the BBC Microsite.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Recycling Metals

I was looking around the other night for information on how to separate metals through smelting, electrolysis, etc. I wasn't able to find much. I'm guessing this is still somewhat out of the range for the DIYer? My neighborhood typically has a rediculous amount of scrap metal on the curb, but the scrap yards around here only offer a slight profit on pure metal. Besides selling the metal at a scrap yard, how hard would it be to seperate the metal yourself, and just use it for your own purposes. I'm going to be investing in a metal-working lathe in the near future, and I'd rather reuse metal I've got lying around than buying it brand new at a premium. What do you guys think, is this doable?

Posted by Lorek 10 years ago


Custom made titanium ring

Hi, Im looking for advice on making a titanium ring for my girlfriend. I choose titanium because shes allergic to stainless steel.  I was thinking of buying a small 3x3 plate or so so I have room to make a few if I screw up. depending on thickness..? Idk what thickness to choose. Then I would need to drill out the inside, and figure out how to size it to her finger by her size.  Then I would have to just shape it somehow. sandpaper? idk. I doubt that but I dont have a lathe available..  so thats why Im here looking for advice, and then after shaping I need to use different compounds to buff and polish it right? 

Posted by 'earl 4 years ago


Treadmill DC Motor Control

Hi all,I have been given a treadmill motor by a friend, sadly none of the control boards have come with it, just the motor and a transformer bolted to the same bracket.I'm hoping someone can tell me the best way for a layman to hook this up for variable speed, as I would like to improve on my 1/4hp single phase motor currently attached to my lathe.I don't know much about the motor and could not find a datasheet, but a pic is attached.Is there any plug and play options that don't cost the earth, ideally i would like to be able to plug it into the mains (UK) and just control with a pot.As always thanks in advance, you guys make this place a great resource for us noobs.

Posted by Squibo 9 months ago


New Vacuum Pump Idea

I have a new idea about a new type of positive displacement vacuum pump.  Its of the piston variety, but instead of a one way valve which doesn't work when the pressure gets low enough, another piston is used to act as a valve switching between the vessel to be evacuated (when the main piston is pulling a vaccum) and the atmosphere (when the piston pushes the air evacuated out). This solves the one way valve problem.  Could this pull a much lower vacuum?  I need a fairly strong vacuum, but I don't want to have to build/buy a turbomolecular pump. Also, i have a metal lathe, that's why i'm going with the piston variety.

Posted by guyfrom7up 8 years ago


Cotton Candy Machine

Hey guys, I have some amazingly amazing news, and some terribly depressing news.The good news first: I'm almost done with my Cotton candy machine that I have been making since the beginning of the school year in my Unique Projects class. This means that within one week I will be eating cotton candy, and LOTS of it. The bad news: I haven't recorded any steps (taken pictures) and am really close to finishing. I do have a CAD file that I made, and still know all the materials I used. Now, my question to you: Do you think it's worth putting up an instructable if I don't have any pictures of the process. (the pictures that I'm lacking are primarily the lathing, tapping, and dismantling of a toaster processes)Thanks,-Josh (Muffinator)

Posted by T3h_Muffinator 11 years ago


Got a 1/2 HP motor

I just got a Got a 1/2 HP motor for free from my school (there were 2 old vacuum pumps that were covered in dirt and have been in a shed for like a year. One of my friend got one and is turning it into a lathe. They are really nice and quiet GE motors. Their bearing just needed some lube and then they are all fixed!). All it needs is a capacitor (can get from ebay for like 15 bucks including shipping) What should I make with it? So far I'm thinking rotary spark gap for my tesla coil (take THAT plamana!) but i'd like to utilize the power more (don't really need 1/2 HP for a spark gap!). Any other ideas? BTW I'm not making a gokart. lol. But it would be cool.... BUT NO

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago


Lost Foam?

Hi guys, I've been messing about with lost foam aluminium casting here in the UK. I've tried packing expanded polystyrene, and Jablite but they seem really difficult to get a good finish on the foam patterns. I want to be able to machine them, or use them in a basic foam lathe. I know that in the States they have a denser finer grained insulation material (blue and pink in colour). These both seem to be better for obtaining surface finish. I've tried to Google the stuff over here but it seems to be silly prices. Does anyone have any links to UK sites that sell a similar product? I was wondering if the harder stuff that you saw up and stick between the rafters for loft conversions would work as this seems a much denser fine grain foam to me. Any ideas or advice would be appreciated.

Posted by marshon 8 years ago


Halloween Project Contest and Build Party at Squid Labs

For all of October, Instructables is having a Halloween project contest. We're giving away Make controller kits, Wild Planet Toys Spy Cameras, Magazine subscriptions, and Instructables patches. Check here for full details.To kick off a great DIY-Halloween, Instructables is hosting a build party at Squid Labs this Friday October 6th at 7:30 PM. We'll have sewing machines, pumpkins and knives, spooky music, mills and lathes, scrap material, snacks, and plenty of cameras to document everything. Bring your proto-costume, your great Halloween ideas, or anything else you want to work on. RSVP by sending me an email so I'll have some sense of how many people to expect. If you're too far away, how about having a build party in your town this Friday as well?!

Posted by ewilhelm 12 years ago


Old factory workshop, Possible uses?

Hi instructable, I've been wanting to make a Lathe now for the better part of a year. But due to financial reasons and depression and such I've been unable to do so. However a few days ago i started thinking about possible places to get the materials I needed, including other tools to make things. Then I remembered the old factory workshop in my grandmothers house where they used to make fishing lures out of brass and figured, well if there's anywhere to get a powerful electric engine that would be the place. Today I went out there for a visit since it's only 15 minutes away, and I found so much more. Below i have attached photos of the machines, the workshop itself is a mess and needs a good cleaning as well as the machines. But I think it has promise if I attached some emergency shutoff buttons and such.

Posted by Orista 6 years ago