[Makercise] has been working on a Gingery Lathe since September last year. I corresponded with Dave back when the books first came out. Yes I too am building a metal working shop from scrap using the books written by Mr. Dave Gingery. I figured, “hey I already have a foundry why not build some. To bore the headstock accurately a temporary headstock assembly is made. Dave Gingery directs the reader to build an adjustable angle iron based assembly.

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I actually used a wood plane to bring the surface down to an initial shiny flat surface. Here is the temporary apron that carries the headstock along the ways as it is bored. So to get a straight pattern I took some wood wall paneling material, sanded the smooth surface to rough it up then smeared latye generous amount of glue on them. This article lwthe an orphanas no other articles link to it. I just dropped by to push the name of MyFordBoy.

Here is the bed scraped and ready for the ways.

I can remember our casting course in the higher technical college where we had to use them so that no air is trapped within the mold. Sign up for the Make: Just watching his experienced hands is a show in itself.

Building my Gingery style lathe

Thanks for signing up. Rather then drilling and tapping holes in the front of the headstock to attach the temporary apron I simply drilled it’s holes to fit the screw locations of the front ways clamp.

The one in the front shows almost no signs of shrinkage so it’s the one I went with. This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat Gingery is most famous for his Build Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap series, which details how to build a reasonably complete machine shop at low cost, often from scrap metal and other items.


The pulley is off center ’cause the temp headstock was too big and I had to let it hang off the left side. As mentioned, the production is ginhery detailed.

It is much easier to bore one side at a davr then lwthe the bearing for added support. Here are the dvae freshly cast. Retrieved from ” https: Also, I went to college and stuff. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The lathe is the first machine built since it can be used to help build itself.

View post on imgur. Warning, there is a big risk of boring the hole too large if you’re not careful! To part 2; carriage assembly. Then green sand castings are used to make a metal lathe. I welded this thing together but you can probably cut out a “T” shape and bend the front piece downward to get the configuration shown. And I didn’t build Gingery’s adjustment gauge nor ,athe I ever measure the bore. I built the lathe, scaled up to I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.

All the metal chips are cleaned away. Lionel Oliver II, on the other hand, whose amateur sandcrabbing website Backyard Metal Casting is probably the single greatest online resource for those interested in small home foundry work, has not only made a meaningful start, but gotten most of the way through the build.

My Homemade Metal Lathe Project

Here is a pic of the bed casting. Our editors will review your materials and follow up with you via email as soon as possible. Learn how your comment data is processed. I don’t know if I mastered scraping but I sure got a lot of practice sharpening that cheap chisel If you know of a good Gingery lathe build I may ginhery missed, please take a minute and drop me a link in the comments! The dominant themes of the series are recycling, using inexpensive and free materials, and bootstrapping the shop’s capabilities.


The gingdry man rocks.

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I set two pieces together on a steel table saw table and put a straight, weighted board on it I used about 30 pounds of weight. I did the scraping with a cheap dollar store chisel. Nice feedback like this really makes me want to complete the shaper, mill, and other projects too.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Great casting and video technique!

Quite curious how the detail with the lathe cuck will be solved and if the rod, which is holding the chuck is going to be hollow. All but the most recent prints of the series still looked like photocopies of typewritten documents with photos glued on.

Not a muscle moves for nothing.