Build a Hobby Lathe Plans
Build this hobbyist's lathe in your garage. It's capable of small hobby projects.
Then use the plans for the attachments that we have to give your tool more flexibility. You'll be churning out parts in no time, and building bigger projects.
The machine to be described
is not put forward as an “ ideal ” lathe, but as an
example of a plain lathe of simple
and straightforward construction to
which additions can be made as
time, fancy, or necessity dictates.
The lathe came into being through
the acquisition of a set of Stuart
No 10 engine castings and the
realisation that I had no means of
Certain limited facilities became
available, and it was decided to make
up a simple lathe rather than deal
with the engine castings, as this would
leave me with a lathe after the engine
was finished. As things turned out,
this was a wise decision, the facilities
for machining ending much sooner
than was expected.
I dislike anything that looks obviously
home-made, however good its performance
may be. As castings were
out of the question for a variety of
reasons, commercially obtainable sections,
plus the junk heap had to
provide the materials for construction.
They required careful selection to
ensure that appearance did not suffer.
It was decided to keep costs down to
the minimum, and in fact, the only
items purchased specially for the
machine itself, were Allen-type screws
and the mandrel ball-thrust bearing.
Hobby Lathe Plans