Monthly Archives: November 2011

My First Thing

Here it is! My First Thing! I dunno what it is, but it’s lovely! After fiddling around working out gear ratios for thread cutting, I was desperate to give it a go, and it worked out reasonably well. Conclusion: cutting … Continue reading

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Microphone holders, especially American ones, tend to have a 5/8″ 27tpi (turns per inch) thread. I have no idea where to buy a tap or die to cut that. Threadcutting on the lathe, though, looked like a good exercise. I … Continue reading

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Short ‘n’ simple

An oft-cited design flaw in these mini-lathes is the way that the hollow spindle ends inside the gear cover. Any swarf which trundles along inside the spindle will drop down into the (nylon) change gears, whereupon bad things ensue. Various … Continue reading

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Making a stand

After the tedium of de-rusting lathe ancilliaries, I was keen to play with my new toy as soon as possible. To this end I plonked it on the only available surface which seemed kind-of suitable, a cheap copy of the “leading brand” folding trestle-type workbench-cum-woodworking-vice, of the sort favoured by D.I.Y.-ers on a budget. However, it wasn’t long before I was mentally designing, then building, something more purpose-made. Continue reading

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It started like this: I have a friend, Austin, who Makes Things. Tricycles, principally. He has an extensive workshop featuring, among other stuff, a lathe. I have another friend, Ben, who’s into video and film-making, and he’s always after bits … Continue reading

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Adventures with a mini-lathe

In November 2011, someone very kindly lent me a Clarke CL300M, a small benchtop metal-working lathe, generally known as a “mini-lathe”. This blog is to document my experiences as I get to know it and, hopefully, develop some machine-shop skills. … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Despite being a lifelong geek and a software guy by trade, I’ve largely avoided blogging. Until now. See the “about” page for an introduction, while I figure out how to use wordpress…

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