Centre Drill Profile

June 30, 2017 Nigel 0

A look at the Centre Drill Profile. 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, why [more…]

Warco ER25 Lathe Collet Chuck

March 19, 2017 Nigel 0

A review and assembly of the Warco ER25 Lathe collet chuck. When you buy the collet chuck you have to buy a backplate for your particular lathe. In this case for a Warco WM240B. The [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 2

A review of the Warco WM240B lathe, made in China and supplied in the UK by Warco. It has taken me months of looking and comparing lathes to get to the point where I ordered [more…]

HobbyMat MD65

Hobbymat MD65 Lathe

June 11, 2016 Nigel 13

The Hobbymat MD65 lathe was made by VEB Prazisionsdrehmaschinen in the 1980’s and distinguished by the bright colour paint and the D-section bed. I′ve owned this lathe from new, bought around 1982. Review Specification: Centre [more…]

Emco Unimat 3 Lathe

Emco Unimat 3

March 31, 2016 Nigel 12

I’ve been using this Emco Unimat 3 lathe for the past 3 decades (and counting…) and thought it was about time I reviewed it. I learnt to turn on this lathe and all those years [more…]

Boley Watch Makers Lathe

March 31, 2016 Nigel 0

The tiny etched brass plaque on the box says Boley, as in Boley Watch Makers Lathe. This is a 6.5mm lathe made by G. Boley, established in Germany in 1870. The lathe bed on this [more…]