- File Size: 3946 KB
- Print Length: 146 pages
- Publisher: David J. Gingery Publishing, LLC (April 15, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 15, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007USU8HU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
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The Metal Lathe (Build Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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However, this book is not without shortcomings, and I worry that other reviewers have not adequately guided reader expectations.
This book does not introduce the lathe. It does not explain lathe terminology. It does not explain lathe accessories. It does not explain lathe operation. It does not explain ancillary tools and skills. It does not explain the properties of materials involved. The reader needs to have prior knowledge of these things.
Furthermore, unless the reader is fortunate enough to live near one of the world's industrial centers, and down the street from a junkyard, the fabrication of a lathe may not be a cheap affair, as the author implies. In many cities or countries it is now difficult to obtain scrap metal, tools, and materials.
The book jacket, and other reviewers of the book, suggest that the reader will require only basic hand tools to build the lathe. Unfortunately, what were once considered basic hand tools are becoming scarce. Machinist grade drill bits, taps, dies, reamers, and tapping fluid are neither widely available, nor inexpensive, in many parts of the world. Weak demand for these items has made them somewhat costly and rare, even in industrialized nations. While some of the required tools may be found in common hardware stores, the quality of tool may be so poor as to make the buyer wonder if he will have to make those, himself, too!
Having been written in the U.S. around 1980, this book uses the inch/foot system of measure, and U.S. thread standards, instead of the metric system. Aspiring young engineers may find this archaic, but the book is worth the trouble.
Buy and read the preceding book in the series, The Charcoal Foundry, prior to this book. This book relies upon knowledge and skill with the foundry.
The preceding caveats and warnings aside, this book is an impressive contribution to the literature. I strongly recommend it to aspiring or novice machinists/engineers.
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I had a good time trying to duplicate it:)
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