A Gingery Lathe made based on the book "The Metal Lathe" by David Gingery. My lathe is by no means perfect but it is an example of a functioning lathe that I continue to use. I included a couple pictures of the wood patterns I used in the process of casting the lathe parts out of aluminum.
There is scrap aluminum from a variety of sources living on in this little lathe, from Grandma's old lawnmower engine to an old pool ladder I picked up on the side of the road. The riveted steel mechanism that the motor is mounted to is made from an old bed frame.
Below are some of the wood patterns used to case the lathe parts.
Here are the wood patterns arranged roughly as they appear on the lathe.
Here is a picture of the tail stock patterns alongside the as cast aluminum lathe parts. I used the Router Mill
that I previously posted to finish the tail stock parts because I had grown tired of hand working the cast aluminum parts for the lathe.
I used this lathe to make some of the parts for my other tools like my Injection Molding Machine I posted a while ago.
Thanks Paul, I started with bronze sleeve bearings (bushings) as Dave Gingery specified in the book. I swapped them out for needle bearings which fit in the same space as the original sleeve bearings. I also added thrust bearings. I sometimes think about swiching to tapered roller bearings but that would require a new headstock.
Nice job there, I never did to much casting, I'm sure you had a lot of time in just making your patterns let alone the machining and finishing.
That lathe will be better than anything you could buy made in China, Want a real challenge ? Make some graduated dials for it.
Great Work !!!
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