Any suggested resource for a lathe newbie? I've inherited my dad's old 1970s Craftsman lathe and I know nothing. In addition to the basics of turning, a primer on tuning and maintaining a lathe would be great.
(btw, I've already watched all the MIT videos)
To one newbie from another. Join the "7x12 mini-lathe" Yahoo group and ask lots of questions, You-Tube metal lathes, and most importantly, give yourself a first project that you can learn on and still find some use for. The rest is mostly trial and error.
Much of this can be applied:
http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65793 (Machine Shop Training Videos) see last post
http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=108299 (New URL for Micro-Machine-Shop) mostly pics with a little text, shows what is used for what.
Get Army/Navy manuals here:
After you read all that, check google books and just search by keywords, lathe, "metal lathe," "machine shop," machinists, etc., one at a time.
After you read all that, we will be asking you the questions!
If you want to buy, check abe.com, searching for recommended books or just by key words as above. Get an older copy of The Machinery's Handbook as a shop ref for about $5 delivered. Anything newer than the 70's is a waste for our purposes. Before the 50's are cool and useful, but less useful than 50's 60's 70's era. All you really need is on-line, but some reference is handy to have in book form, and it's cheap. If you want more printed material, I can look up the names of what I ordered, all under $10/copy, most under $5. On my desk I have Machine Shop Tools and Operations, 5th ed. That's just to keep me from getting lonely at work.
Lurk here daily, you will pick up more than you can imagine, and search for topics on the zone and PM: http://www.cnczone.com/
Other helpful links from my bookmarks, naughty late night websites omitted:
First three are by far the best info on setting up a grinder to grind tools for the lathe, and the info may even save your life. We don't know if there are lathes in heaven, so let's avoid checking out early!
http://books.google.com/books/serial...gbs_navlinks_s loads here, you do the searching...
http://books.google.com/books?q=rela...rbooks_s&cad=1 just a search I did, you won't need for a year or two
Last edited by knudsen; 09-15-2010 at 03:28 PM.
Wen I was young, I spent most of my money on fast women, slow horses, and cheap booze. The rest of it I just wasted.
Also take a look at www.smartflix.com lots of videos to rent about metal working in general and lathes in specific.
I've rented the "Lathe learnin" series.. and learned quite a bit from it. I also got Rudy Kouhoupts two lathe vids and there's some gems in there but he is a bit slow paced. I watched them at 1.6x speed.. LOL.
Here's the lathe page..
Q: How many tools does it take before a simple task becomes a project?
A: Just one. I'm the Tool that turns a simple task in to a project.