The Amateurs' Lathe
by LH Sparey

Published by Special Interest Model Books Ltd, Dorset England

140 x 210mm


ISBN 978-085242-288-5

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Extract from back cover of book:

A definitive work on the use of the small lathe which will prove invaluable to every amateur, every small garage proprietor and every light engineer.

The author has succeeded in giving a complete course of instruction embracing almost every process that can be accomplished on the highly adaptable small lathe. Here there is no “scaling down” of professional usage - the amateur's problems are tackled in a refreshingly practical manner. Tools, accessories and costs are dealt with in a clear and concise manner, with full appreciation of the difficulties besetting the average owner with his small workshop and lathe. The author explains how to make the best of limited equipment and shows how the ordinary 3 1/2in. lathe can be made to perform a wide variety of operations normally considered to be the province of a whole workshop full of machinery.

Photographs and drawings provide step-by-step instructions on a wide range of topics which will interest all engineers - from the apprentice to the retired businessman.

Photos: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Chapter 1 - The Lathe

Chapter 2 - Choosing a Lathe

Chapter 3 - Installing the Lathe

Chapter 4 - Lathe Accessories

Chapter 5 - Measuring Equipment

Chapter 6 - Lathe Tools

Chapter 7 - Drills and Reamers

Chapter 8 - Holding Work in the Lathe

Chapter 9 - Marking Out

Chapter 10 - Plain Turning and Boring

Chapter 11 - Taper Turning, Crankshaft Turning, Disc and Ball Turning

Chapter 12 - Screwcutting

Chapter 13 - Milling, Shaping and Grinding on the Lathe

Chapter 14 - Lapping

Chapter 15 - Metal Spinning, Spring Winding, Turning Rubber etc

Chapter 16 - Production Methods in Small Lathes

Chapter 17 - Care of the Lathe and its Accessories

Appendix - Handy Tables for Home Mechanics