View Full Version : Hi everyone.

02-14-2012, 11:04 PM
I am so glad I found this forum. My browsing thus far has yielded a wealth of information and great ideas. I definitely qualify as a "home shop machinist" and I'm trying to learn as much as possible.

I'm a mechanical engineer by day and have recently started my own tool collection to play with in the evening. I think tools are an investment that will pay for themselves over and over again, and I can pass them along to my kids just as my dad has done for me.

Anyway, I recently bought an old lathe from my boss for $200 and I've been buying tools here and there to really get into it. Just recently bought some carbide insert lathe tools... what a confusing thing to research.

I also converted said lathe into a lathe-mill for some basic operations. It works quite well for the typical hobby type stuff. You guys might get a kick out of it.

Just thought I'd introduce myself and look forward to helping where I can.

Now what is a thread without some pictures?

Lathe when I picked it up. I knew nothing about rigging heavy equipment, but some chain binders and tie-downs worked quite well.


The thing was pretty nasty


02-14-2012, 11:05 PM
So I cleaned and cleaned it

And here is my lathe-mill



02-14-2012, 11:45 PM
Welcome! I'm relatively new here myself, but I look forward to seeing you around. As you've said, this place is great!

I really like your machine, and that milling setup looks nice. I've done some horizontal milling on the lathe in the past and have been happy with it for all of the really light stuff that I do (I don't do any large or heavy stuff at all).


02-14-2012, 11:46 PM
Nicely done. Did you just remount your compound vertically on the angle plate?

02-15-2012, 12:02 AM
Indeed, it's great for small stuff. The fact that it's horizontal is not the most ergonomic, but it works. I've found that you can also only mill on the upward or forward/backward strokes, or else the backlash gets you.

TGTool, yep that's exactly what I did.

02-15-2012, 07:51 AM
Nice job! Welcome!

02-15-2012, 09:32 AM
Welcome to the forum. I am really happy for you that your boss didnt rip you off for that beat up old lathe:D ! If you are going to do much milling, you might be well advised to invest in a few collets to hold bits, since you already have the closer. The will hold MUCH better than a 3-jaw.

02-15-2012, 10:15 AM
Welcome. You've done everything right so far - pictures, machines, enviable space, not much spare floor. Except.... please put something, however vague, in your profile location. Just so I know you're miles away from me and won't want to borrow anything. Ha ! I mean the other way round, of course.

Across the pond we like to be forewarned whether you'll be complaining about the snow in winter, or the heat in summer.

02-15-2012, 10:46 AM

Your boss must think highly of you to give you a deal like that on the lathe.

I also like your milling setup for the lathe. Very creative.

Thanks for posting the pics and welcome to the forum.


02-15-2012, 10:55 AM
For $200 you scored, big time. Nice work and congrats!!

02-15-2012, 01:55 PM
Duffy - Yeah, collets are the next thing on my list. The closer and tapered pieces all came with it, so I hope it is plug & play with some 5C collets.

rohart - You have nothing to worry about. I can never complain about the weather here in CA... only the yearly power outages that leave us in the dark for several days at a time due to fallen trees.

bborr01 & atty - I know, I'm very lucky. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted it. I thought it might be more of a hassle to get rid of than actually being useful. I was advised to take the chance and buy it as quick as I could before they auctioned it off. To my boss, the warehouse floor space is worth far more than the lathe, so it was a win-win.

No multi-quote on this forum?

02-15-2012, 02:05 PM
Welcome to the group!
Nice score! The bed looks pretty good in the pictures. It wasn't too awfully dirty when you picked it up. I was doing some clean-up in my shop over the weekend and didn't realize how much dirt and such had bulit up on my lathe!

Also like your milling attachment. That could be very usefull....


Alistair Hosie
02-15-2012, 02:42 PM
youre boss was correct to refuse my offer of $199.00 and sell it to you.:D welcome ! and nice lathe very nice for the money.Alistair