Soba Tailstock Die Holder

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

Normally I use a standard handheld die holder and push this against the bar to be threaded with the tailstock and then start to cut the thread. This can be very hit and miss, but [more…]

Centre Drill Profile

June 30, 2017 Nigel 0

I use centre drills all of the time, usually as a pilot drill in the lathe to give me a good starter for a larger drill. However, whey are they the profile they are? A [more…]

Warco ER25 Lathe Collet Chuck

March 19, 2017 Nigel 0

When you buy the collet chuck you have to buy a backplate for your particular lathe. In this case for a Warco WM240B. The backplate is made from cast iron and was pre-machined to fit [more…]

Anatomy of a Lathe

November 8, 2016 Nigel 0

Just bought a lathe and feeling a touch in awe of it? The first thing then is to familiarise yourself with what is what around the lathe? This particular lathe is a Warco WM240B (review [more…]

Warco WM240B

October 8, 2016 Nigel 0

It has taken me months of looking and comparing lathes to get to the point where I ordered this lathe. I looked at the Quantum lathes and on paper they look great, but when I [more…]

Hobbymat MD65

June 11, 2016 Nigel 0

I′ve owned this lathe from new, bought around 1982. Review Specification: Centre Height: 65 mm (2.6″) Between Centres: 300 mm (12″) Turning diameter over carriage: 62mm Cross slide travel: 80mm Headstock: MT2 Headstock bore: 12mm [more…]

Emco Unimat 3

March 31, 2016 Nigel 2

I’ve been using this lathe for the past 32 years. This is what I learnt to turn on and all those years on it is still in use on a very regular basis to machine [more…]

Boley Watch Makers Lathe

March 31, 2016 Nigel 0

The tiny etched brass plaque on the box. This is a 6.5mm lathe made by G. Boley, established in Germany in 1870. To give you an idea of just how small this lathe is the [more…]