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Quick, now:  What are the two most fundamental measurements of the capacity of a metalworking lathe?

If you said “swing over bed,” and “distance between centers,” without having to look it up, you may not be in need of this excellent introduction to the lathe by Frank Hoose, Jr. For the rest of us, it should make a very handy reference, right down to the cool animated power-feed turning operation.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

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