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12-17-2010, 12:08 PM
I'm in the need to start to learn some machine work. The basic stuff. I do alot of fabrication now with a small welding business that I own and wolud like to learn more about the table tyle lathes and so on. Amy suggestions of where to start would help. I live in a very rural area and classes are hard to find. Any suggestions would help.

Liger Zero
12-17-2010, 12:31 PM
Delete. Sever hiccup!

The Artful Bodger
12-17-2010, 12:37 PM
Hi Bodyman, I believe you are at the right place! There is a huge ranges of skills here and everyone is keen to give you the benefit of their experience!

Meanwhile, I suggest trying to obtain a really classic little book entitled "How To Run A Lathe" which was published by South Bend lathes company.

I am a newbie myself having never had any training and bought a lathe for my retirement recreation, I have had it two years and not broken anything yet and I still have all my fingers and thumbs! The best advice I can give from my short experience is to pause before starting the machine to check that all is OK and have it quite clear in your mind exactly how you expect the cut to proceed and which lever you will be using at the end of the cut!

Best regards

12-17-2010, 01:49 PM
First go to Tonyís site, http://www.lathes.co.uk/page21.html
Then start with these.
http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=npJfKhkS0QE&feature=related Tubalcain videos, Watch them all
See HTRAL at http://www.wswells.com/index.html
And donít forget to download your FREE copies of Machineryís handbook. Edition 5. http://books.google.com/books?id=VkEYAAAAYAAJ
And if you have an Atlas or Craftsman product.
Have fun, Mike

12-17-2010, 03:26 PM
I, too, am in the same position. My welding projects started to get more complex and I found myself in need of a lathe. I bought one a year ago and absolutely love it. I have learned lots and have a ton more to learn. I am soon moving onto a milling machine and therefore the learning continues.

Thanks Mike for all the links.

When I am not pressured to get a job done I actually enjoy the time spent learning and figuring things out. I'll never have it all figured out.


12-17-2010, 04:01 PM
I would recommend the public or local school library to borrow some text books. I always tell friends, yes, there is a wealth of knowledge online, but there is also a great deal of wrong ideas and bad habits, even here and in the magazines. Read as much as you can, keep an open mind, but do question things that dont seem quite right.

And never hesitate to ask a question...

12-19-2010, 01:47 PM
Thanks everyone for the info. I wil get started with the books and sights. I'm also looking for some hands on training. I myself have done autobody repair for over forty years. Ask me a question about how to repair a car and I'll talk for days. I hope to venture into machine work as well. Thanks Again, Len

12-19-2010, 02:16 PM
Might consider posting your location.
Who knows..., maybe one of the members here lives right around the corner.

Just a thought.