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The Gingery designs do have a lot of neat ways to build things. Kleindrehmaschine im Eigenbau by Juergen Eichardt From the description I got, the last book is the most impressive.

I looked into it with excitement then saw the products and was unimpressed as I’d used a Boxford screwcutting lathe at school and did not want what was frankly a second rate contraption in my workshop, I bought a half decent lathe and have never regretted it.

Have you looked around for used industrial lathes rather than building a lathe?

These photos are of the machine as I found it. Whether I agree or not is of no consequence. Had I ignored my gut instincts about my castings and went to all the work involved to build a lathe I would have been very disappointed with the results.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest buidling through seller support? A Taig is so cheap and 10 times the accuracy of anything you could build without existing machine tools. What I’m trying to say is that just because the machine came out if a factory does not imply that it is all it can be.


Have fun whatever you decide!

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One of my first castings was for this thread dial,,, http: This insures that, both bores are automatically, in perfect alignment. Another big round of applause. Any idea on such plans? No No, I don’t need my Bookworld details anymore. I have not seen a Taig lathe close by, but have seen quite a few Harbor Freight ones. It takes advantage of existing precise alignment bores and bulding a surprisingly capable machine.

Sorry but I must disagree. Making a lathe from scratch,I.

Very slick looking machine, nice work George!! The way the Gingery machines are made, the lathe for instance, the headstock and tailstock are both bored right on the lathe, with the lathe!

I’m thinking I’ll make a 5C spindle. Just off the top of my head I’m considering a honking great slab of gauge plate for the bed, attached to a steel or aluminium base which is then filled with epoxy concrete. Oh, that’s cool — you made Taper-Loc bushings! Like Sherline Round ways can work very well and have some advantages for home built construction.

Idea is to make something tiny that can cut metal. However I do have concerns about cast aluminum as a basis for machine l.c.,ason. The lathe is, at last, earning its keep. The reason for the long rant is to agree with all other posters that it is not worth the effort to make a little lathe these days.


I was thinking more along the lines of a dovetailed bed and gibs.

Building a Small Lathe by L. C. Mason (1980, Paperback)

JD – Thanks for the comprehensive input, I take your point about steel maybe being better for the base. If I want a chuck, I can use a small 5C mounted chuck. In any event people compare bu lathes to Tiag and Sherline and then llathe one the use of aluminum in the Gingery machines.

Meanwhile you have this dummy with a sledgehammer. From my experience and from the work that I have seen done by others it would take a dozen tries for the Gingery method to “evolve” into a useful machine. The stepperhead isn’t a lathe, it’s a work of art – biilding reminds me of a really high end hi-fi turntable more than a machine tool Join Date Aug Posts 6.

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