By day, I’m a mild-mannered software engineer, living in Bristol, UK.
In November 2011, I acquired (borrowed!) a small metalworking hobby lathe, and quickly realized there was quite a bit to this metal turning lark. I’ve turned wood before, but metal is a whole different bucket of swarf.
This blog, then, is to document my gradual exploration of this new toy, and hopefully my development of some metal turning skills.
The lathe is a “Clarke CL300M”, as supplied by Machine Mart in the UK. After a bit of background reading, I’ve established that this is a Chinese-made “mini-lathe”, sold under various different brand names around the world. The Clarke badged version appears to be made by Sieg in Shanghai, but there are a variety of superficially very similar lathes made by other Chinese factories, as I learned from Paul Hayward’s website along with mini-lathe.com – both these sites are recommended reading if you’re planning to buy, or are just starting out with one of these.
Read more about mini-lathes here, and on the above sites.
Here’s a brief overview of “my” mini-lathe…
As I make discoveries, mistakes or “things”, I’ll post updates.
I’m aware that there are people who, when faced with an obstacle which may be overcome by buying a shiny expensive officially-sanctioned gadget, will always recommend that. I should warn such people that I am by nature both a serious cheapskate and strongly averse to replacing anything which can instead be fixed with, say, duct tape, and similarly reluctant to buy anything which I could readily make from, for example, something I’ve found in a skip.