You can find them at ) As I read this book written by Gingery, I noticed that the molds were machined with a lathe and made from aluminum. The general agreement here is that the gingery lathe is a POS, and that you should only build one for practice, not for actually using it. ive been a member here for some time mostly just reading and now this section has been added i may be able to contribute. this is my casting project. i.

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Everything else is softer. If ya cant cast it, Forge it RSS http: Education How making is transforming learning. Nice feedback like this really makes me want to complete the shaper, mill, and other projects too. Then I noticed something. You can cast metal cheaply without much outlay of cash by building this furnace and it is an excellent start for a beginner.

Also, aluminum used unprotected in the bearing surfaces of the slides is soft. If you are interested expanding your horizons and in the education and experience, build it.

The Best Gingery Lathe Video Series To Date

Right when I was ready to give up on the idea of plastic injection I stumbled on Lionel Oliver’s site at www. Watched all of the vids. Thanks for your submission. My hobby had to support itself and it didn’t have a lathe in its budget.

So I hit a major stumbling block. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Once when I was feeling persnickety I sent a good bit of time whiting out an eyelash on every page a manual for a mobile repeater duplexer. It works as advertised and turns on the faceplate and centers quite nicely. Here’s my quick take on a Gingery-inspired lathe. Here you can see the headstock just after I finished boring it.


All times are GMT. The disadvantage is higher friction and a lower lifespan, but for the first–just get a slightly bigger motor. The time now is I have had mine for a few years now and it still serves me well. I had neither a lathe nor a way to cast aluminum.

David J. Gingery

If you know of a good Gingery lathe build I may have missed, please take a minute and drop me a link in the comments! Proper aluminum alloys are soft, light and strong with poor vibration damping and good workability, and poor alloys pop can alloy, for example, or some contaminated mixed alloys are soft, light, potentially relatively weak, have poor damping and poor workability. As far as the Gingery lathe goes it might make a good tool to do model making type work where your cutting soft material such as wood, plastic, and aluminum.

Newsletter to keep you inspired with new projects and more product reviews. In the spring of I ordered the Gingery series of books on how to build a metalworking shop from scratch.

View post on imgur. This article has multiple issues. It’s a way to make a surface plate by lapping two sheets of plate glass which are already very flat. Please check your email.

All but the most recent prints of the series still looked like photocopies of typewritten documents with photos glued on. If they ask who sent you, just tell them it was one of those mad scientist people. As I lathf it “aluminum” is the main problem with the Gingery Lathe as well as most of the Gingery machines. If you want a good learning experience and would like to do model work or just small parts it’s a fine tool to make.


I ordered his booklet entitled build a flowerpot crucible furnace. If you use bolts or screws, gongery multiple rows instead of one row down the center, and use graded hardware tightened to its max torque spec. This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat You can only take small cuts or it will chatter off the table or bench you have it on unless it is bolted down.

Building a Gingery Lathe

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You will very quickly understand and appreciate why precision machinery costs what it does, and you may wonder why it does not cost more. The price for one of the same size lathes from Harbor Freight is rather cheap when compared to the time you will spend making the Gingery lathe. Results 1 to 10 of Next I bought the rest of the books in the series. So far, I have a bed, headstock, and one bearing cap, and I haven’t done any real engineering on it–this is just off the cuff.

Another thing that I like about how Lionel done his site, was that he broke the construction of the lathe into different sections and posted them that way.

In any case, I finished my Gingery lathe, about 9 months after I started working on it in the evenings and weekends. Babbitt is dirt cheap, simpler, and no less accurate.

It does have its plusses. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel.