Plans to Build Your Own Metal Lathes
Vintage plans reprints to build your own midget metal lathe plus plans to build a metal lathe from stock parts.
METAL LATHE FROM STOCK PARTS:
Using standard parts and stock materials available almost anywhere, you can build this metal-working lathe with only a few tools. Because of simplification of the assembly in order to make the unit easy for anyone to build, the lathe as pictured and detailed cannot be rated as a precision tool. It is simply designed to do practical work within reasonable limits. As detailed the lathe swings 1 1/4 in. over the bed and takes 10 in. between centers. Standard pipe and fittings are used to form a frame on which the headstock, tailstock and bed as fitted.
MIDGET METAL LATHE:
Craftsmen, modelmakers and others who need a small metal-turning lathe can make on almost entirely from scrap material available in junk or wrecking yards. A chuck may have to be purchased, but many turning jobs can be done between centers on an improvised faceplate. This lathe has a swing of 4 1/4 in. A larger one, or course, can be made by changing the proportions.