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lathe better shot 614x350 How To:  Mini Metal Lathe

skill builder metal How To:  Mini Metal LatheBack in Plastics Month, we featured a simple shop-made plastics extruder built by Instructables user Random_Canadian. Now the arbitrary Canuck returns with this pint-sized metal lathe built with a 14″ piece of precision aluminum T-slot extrusion, and some characteristically resourceful salvage including an electric motor from a cordless weed trimmer, a variable speed switch from a cordless drill, and a tailstock center improvised from a countersink.

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The tiny 3-jaw chuck is adjusted with an Allen wrench, and was hand-made by brazing three hex nuts onto a fender washer and running set screws into them. Impressive, clever work.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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