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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Then I noticed something. I built the lathe, scaled up to 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. Next I bought the rest of the books in the series. I built mine because I had just quit work as a machinist due to my health, after 2 years I needed a fix on making metal chips, that’s when I came across this web site and seen Lionel’s lathe.

Notify me of new posts via email. So, I looked to the backyard guru of machine makeing Gingery. Welcome to the Make: That will translate into lack of accuracy more accurately, lack of repeatable precision on heavier cuts, as well as chatter and squawk.

I was able to cut steel on mine and I was lucky when scraping the cross slide and carriage slide that it was with in 3 thousands of an inch over 6 inches, most of that taper could have just been from the piece of steel I was turning pushing away because I had no tail stock to hold the end in a solid position. Also, you mentioned “beefing” up the patterns would this still be needed with the cast iron? I have used bench lathes of the same size as the Gingery lathe which were made my a real machine tool building company and they also chattered and you couldn’t take large cuts on one of those either, but they are by far much better than a Gingery lathe.


To be serious though, I started my hobby wanting to learn how to make molds to pour miniatures from lead or pewter and then the hobby started to change shape and from from there. Right when I was ready to give up on the idea of plastic injection I stumbled on Lionel Oliver’s site at www.

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In addition to the Build Your Own Metal Working Shop From Ltahe series, Dave Gingery and his son Vincent have published a large number of booklets on shop practices, engine construction and mechanical miscellanea.

The hobbyist starts ginfery constructing a small foundry capable of melting silicon – aluminum and zinc alloys from recycled automotive parts. Not having any machining skills, I was lost. Personally, I would redesign the entire machine using the Gingery drawings as inspiration and guidance, rather than trying to base your design entirely off of them. This article is an orphanas no other articles link to it.

Please check your email to confirm. This would be an 8×12 lathe, comparable to Gingery size.

This book is part of the seven book series on building a metal shop from scrap. You will also be receiving the weekly Make: If you can borrow some machine tools to use in the construction, that amount of time will go way down.

Gingery-style homemade metal lathe builds

Great casting and video technique! You suggest Babbit bearings, sounds good to me. I started with a 5 gallon steel bucket lined with firebrick mortar for a foundry.


The lathe is the first machine built since it can be used to help build itself. Get the Magazine Make: It is like a right of passage to make one of those and at the end you have both a lathe and a manly beard, a ginger coloured one at that.

It works as advertised and turns on the faceplate and centers quite nicely. The general agreement here is that the gingery lathe is a POS, and that you should only build one larhe practice, not for actually using it.

The process of turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones can at times require the use of a large sledgehammer. The object is to make them like one piece of material. Finally with the bearings wouldn’t a greased roller or needle bearing, like on the main spindle of a decent drill press, be better than a babbit.

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The old man rocks. In any case, I finished my Gingery lathe, about 9 months after I started working on it in the evenings and weekends. The end of the tap was square so it was easy to grind to shape. Think like the bolts you’d use to secure an engine llathe to its block. These are more expensive per pound and less desirable than cast iron, but they’re still better than aluminum.