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This is reference material for people interested in using our lathe. This material is collected here in order to assist a workshop on using the lathe as well as for people to teach themselves how to use this machine.
 
This is reference material for people interested in using our lathe. This material is collected here in order to assist a workshop on using the lathe as well as for people to teach themselves how to use this machine.
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== Diagram ==
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This is a diagram of the parts of our lathe. Please note that this picture was taken before it was restored to full working condition. See that process here: [[Atlas_Lathe_Restoration]].
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[[Image:AtlasLathe_diagram-small.jpg|600px|Atlas TH42 Lathe]]
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== Reading Material ==
 
== Reading Material ==
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* [http://web.mit.edu/2.670/www/Tutorials/Machining/lathe/Description.html http://web.mit.edu/2.670/www/Tutorials/Machining/lathe/Description.html]
 
* [http://web.mit.edu/2.670/www/Tutorials/Machining/lathe/Description.html http://web.mit.edu/2.670/www/Tutorials/Machining/lathe/Description.html]
 
* [http://www.wewilliams.net/SBLibrary.htm http://www.wewilliams.net/SBLibrary.htm] - Complete PDF's of older lathe manuals, all still relavent information.
 
* [http://www.wewilliams.net/SBLibrary.htm http://www.wewilliams.net/SBLibrary.htm] - Complete PDF's of older lathe manuals, all still relavent information.
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== Video Tutorials ==
 
== Video Tutorials ==

Revision as of 03:29, 26 March 2013

This is reference material for people interested in using our lathe. This material is collected here in order to assist a workshop on using the lathe as well as for people to teach themselves how to use this machine.

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Diagram

This is a diagram of the parts of our lathe. Please note that this picture was taken before it was restored to full working condition. See that process here: Atlas_Lathe_Restoration.


Atlas TH42 Lathe


Reading Material

For additional material on the subject of running and using a lathe use these links. The MIT guide is a single page with a good overview of lathe parts and operations. The WE Williams site contains complete PDF's of older books on using lathes. I have two expensive classroom books which cover lathe work which I will provide to Bloominglabs members in the near future.


Video Tutorials

These are free MIT videos which are a reasonable introduction to using a lathe. They are part of a 10 video series on machine tools, these are the lathe videos from this series. They each are about 45 minutes in length.

  • [1] - MIT video 1 for the lathe
  • [2] - MIT video 2 for the lathe
  • [3] - MIT video 3 for the lathe


  • [4] - Youtube search for "Tubalcain" maching videos, many different videos on different aspects of using a lathe.


Tool Grinding

Tool grinding is just as important as knowing how to use the lathe. You literally grind a small bar of high quality tool steel down to the correct shape you need for the cuts you need to make.

  • [5] - Tool grinding video from "Tubalcain"
  • [6] - Various pages on lathe info including tool grinding
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