I must agree, a lathe is not a lathe unless you have the tooling to go with it. I figure that a grinder can be improvised. My grand father had a foot powered grinding wheel for his ax. But just as important, they are very common and easily obtained. I think every other house has one in the garage.
Originally Posted by Rosco-P
I think there will be several levels of basic needs. One level will be recreating the unsophisticated tools that our ancestors used so effectively. The other level will try to re-use the equipment that we have today. Airplanes, cars, generators and toasters.
Measure twice. Cut once. Weld. Repeat.
( Welding solves many problems.)