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Marble walls maybe, but rampant termites and extreme heat in the summer tend to take the edge off the apparent luxury.
They have fewer balls in contact and a smaller contact area. But no digital version of that German book is available and typing in the whole thing is prohibitive. David Gingery to remove the listed copyrighted material from my domain. What with the cost of machine tools here in Spain – a lowest common denominator Chinese mini-lathe is about EU – and the limited capacity of my Emco sorry little Compact 5, you are quiet and very accurate but you are too small I’m thinking about building my own medium sized lathe.
I wouldn’t dream of doing it it is post ww11 technology and ideology. It took so long to post these files as I was having trouble uploading them.
Either round or crossed-roller.
The round Thompson-type linear bearings are not generally good enough to cut smoothly. Many of the original types mostly in the USA had beds and frames that were made of wood with iron bars over laid on it for the bearing surfaces. Especially when everyone says it can’t be done. Mason Subscribe to alerts Get information about new releases for these contributors straight to your inbox.
Don,t have the complete linkbut Google “Tony’s lathes”there are a few posted there that are pretty nice work. Building a Small Lathe by L. Dials and such, I’ve not found a good source yet. Building a Small Lathe.
How I wish my workshop had marble walls! A; Yes, construction and engineering skills are learned and improved on. No reason to build that old Gingery relic when you can build something much nicer using modern linear rails.
It looks to me that the fellow that built it whoever he was did most of the work with a hacksaw, files, drills, and other hand tools.
Not l.c.maason if you don’t want feeds and threads. You’re likely to anger some of the “regular” members and then few of them are going to take l.c.masln seriously and won’t answer “any” of your questions You can see some photos of my attempt in My Photos.
I’m detecting a huge amount of negatvity in the thread with respect to DIY laths and the Gingery process. Mason’s design uses barstock — no castings. See here for another build and here for a video of one being used.
Making the Gingery stuff is fine as it gets you to the point of having the machinery with which you can make better decent machinery.
May not be your cup of tea but there could be some ideas that others have alrady worked out and problems overcome. Could you explain how the circular gibs work? Another big round of applause. Continue with Facebook Continue with Twitter.
That doesn’t imply it is an ideal material by any means but is often good enough. JD – Thanks for the comprehensive input, I take your point about steel maybe being better for the base. Used a truck gearbox for the sawmill and some mini gearbox out of something small and available depression era for the gear shifter in the lathe. I find building machine tools very satisfying as an exercise in creativity. Now that lathe was from early in the last century or possibly the one before that haven’t been able to date it but the fact is people purchased such machinery.
No, it’s not a secret. These photos are of the machine as I found it. For me the starting point was readliy available materials and processes: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
It does not wear well either, if things are threaded into it frequently or bearing on it. E from molten metal etc is a big undertaking. To add to it all, Tom Walshaw or Tubal Cain wrote of pretty well the origins of where cheap and nasties were produced and sort of jumbled together.