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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Gingery-style homemade metal lathe builds

I really like the background music. I spent about 24 hours just scraping the bed flat. Maybe I should change the tone of this page. Nice feedback like this really makes me want to complete the shaper, mill, and other projects too.

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Here you can see the headstock just after I finished boring it. Off the top of my head: That with making the castings from iron as well.

Here are the bearings. Watched all of the vids. I have had mine for a few years now and it still serves me althe.


I started with a 5 gallon steel bucket lined with firebrick mortar for a foundry. I guess I missed the plate glass trick, explain? gignery

Likewise for Nebraskan Bill R. Please check your email. Thanks guys, and keep the comments coming. They have a bunch of books on a bunch of subjects, you should check them out if you have never been to their website. In gingedy spring of I ordered the Gingery series of books on how to build a metalworking shop from scratch.

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Our editors will review your materials lathr follow up with you via email as soon as possible. I hope you enjoy it but most of all, I hope that it encourages you to try to make one for yourself. Welcome to the Make: The Gingery books and, really, most DIY books from that era are: Once I built the furnace and discovered that I could actually melt metal with it, I was hooked. It is also quite laborious. Gingery Lathe Re-hashed Hi all, As summer approaches I’ll vingery a lot more time on my hands and I’ve been wanting a lathe for a long time.

I do have it cast, I just need to finish it. Also, you mentioned “beefing” up the patterns would this still be needed with the cast iron? Also, I went to college and stuff.

Don’t know about you, but I’m not making parts for the space shuttle and if I frig up something I cast, hey, I can make another. The only thing the Gingery gingerj is good for is a learning experience, I mean yes it can cut metal, just slowly. Make sure the bed and ways mate correctly before bolting.


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I watched all his videos many times. Took a beer break from casting and decided to check-in. You could install plates of CRS to gingeyr a steel-on-steel bearing surface, at the expense of much additional labor and complexity, but even mild steel isn’t nearly up to par compared to hardened white iron.

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. Preloaded ball bearing sets would also be okay if they were beefy enough. Just watching his experienced hands is a show in itself. I have so much time in making the patterns, then once you cast the parts you need to finish them, which when doing by hand takes many many hours.

The disadvantage is higher friction and a lower lifespan, but for the first—just get a slightly bigger motor.

I had neither a lathe nor a way to cast aluminum.