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    Posted: 03 September 2006 at 11:31am
so ive been working in a job shop a few months now (on and off machining for the past 4 years)

my shop works almost 100% in metric so ive gone/am going to the dark side...

and i picked up my 1st lathe! its just a 7x12 but its mine...
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sweet i got an old sears (wood lathe) its kinda cool to fool around with but metal lathes are awsome
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Lathes are awesome, I'd like to get one to play around with once I get a shop.  I took an old guitar of mine to a retired airplane mechanic to get the frets built up, he built complete accordians except for the bellows and body from scratch and he had a wood and metal lathe, it was amazing what he was doing with them.  Also, when I got my drivers licence, Canada was just converting to metric at the time, and I hated trying to convert everything in my mind to do the test.  Since then, I don't mind it at all, although mileage I still do in mpg; litres per kilometre just doesn't make sense to me..yet
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my brother has a little wood lathe, he makes bagpipes......
also metric rocks....

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What kind of Lathe is it? My uncle has 3 milltronics lathes and then a manual lathe from about 1950.
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speedway 7x12 i woke up and checked the site and they had um in stock so i bought one. 1st time i have seen them in stock for a LONG time. i know enos had/has one of these lathes.

one of the many things my shop does is retrofit manual machines for CNC use. so im planning on doing it as a project... not to mention some cool crap for paintball.
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lathe?
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its where you put a piece of wood on two ends that spin and you carve it down as it rotates...like baseball bats.

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My Grandpa recently got into woodturning, he makes some pretty cool things.
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ive been thinking about getting metal legs

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i haven't used my lathe in years, but i made some r0x small stuff on it. i have a JET mini lathe and some larger delta lathe, both wood lathes.
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Originally posted by merc merc wrote:

speedway 7x12 i woke up and checked the site and they had um in stock so i bought one. 1st time i have seen them in stock for a LONG time. i know enos had/has one of these lathes.


Yup, mine is a Homier but its made in the same chinese factory. Not a bad little machine when you get it dialed in and tweaked. Cant beat it for the cost, $300 for a good little machine.
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i bought it off homiers site



im using it mainly for metal/plastic turning but may make an adapter for wood turning (ive heard wood doesnt like to stay in 3 jaws)

edit ^^thats about life size..)

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I dont have a lathe (about everything else for wood oodly enough) but I got to use one in woodshop this past year. I made a spindel thingy for a tea table. I could post pics if you want
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the only productive i made on a manual lathe while at school for 2 years is a cannon. learned alot of CNC though.


the shop i work at, everyone gets pissed if we get a mold in for repairs that has metric bolts.
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^ thats silly...

we mostly work in metric but can work in english. we do areo space, marine (boats), machine repair/rebuild, cnc retro fit, make custom tooling, molds, anything on a manual machine, CNC machine or EDM machine (EDM is crazy stuff)

im putting in my apprenticeship in the manual side for not but then im probly going to work on CNC stuff... its not to hard to load in a blank and push the green button...
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