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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The Best Gingery Lathe Video Series To Date

The dominant themes of the series are recycling, using inexpensive and free materials, and bootstrapping the shop’s capabilities. And yes, many of the parts would be a little light in cast iron as well. 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.

That with making the castings from iron as well. 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.

In the spring of I ordered the Gingery series of books on how to build a metalworking shop from scratch.

Think like the ginbery you’d use to secure an engine head to its block. Sign up for the Make: 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. I just dropped by to push the name of MyFordBoy. Retrieved from ” gingerj As far as the Gingery lathe goes it might make a good tool to do model making type work where your cutting soft material such as wood, plastic, and aluminum.


Notify me of new comments via email. So I hit a major stumbling block. No doubt you are seeing that tape. Gungery when I was feeling persnickety I sent a good bit of time whiting out an eyelash on every page a manual for a mobile repeater duplexer.

It took no time to discover that it was out of my reach.

I did make a few changes to mine, the main change I made was to the head stock, I made a 2nd one but beefed it up so I could put some tapered spindle bearings in it I had from a VW Bug I have lots of old VW Bug parts I bored the head to take the bearing races and installed them.

Thanks guys, and keep the comments coming.

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Views Read Edit View history. The Gingery books and, really, most DIY books from that era are: Quite curious how the detail with the lathe cuck will be solved and if the rod, which is holding the chuck is going to be hollow.

Proper aluminum alloys are soft, light and strong with poor vibration damping and good workability, and poor alloys pop can alloy, for example, or some contaminated mixed alloys are soft, light, potentially relatively weak, have poor damping and poor workability. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Off the top of my head: So far it’s looking more like an HF minilathe than Gingery’s work.

Building a Gingery Lathe

I’d be more inclined to cast a babbitt bearing. All but the most recent prints of the series still looked like photocopies of typewritten documents with photos glued on. My woodshop was already fairly well equipped and I had the experience of building a wood lathe behind me, so I felt that I was up for the challenge of building some metalworking equipment.


It’s a way to make a surface plate by lapping two sheets of plate glass which are already very flat. To be serious though, I started my hobby wanting to learn how to make molds to pour miniatures from lead or pewter and then the hobby oathe to change shape and from from there.

Off the top of my head: Also, aluminum used unprotected in the bearing surfaces of the slides is soft. This book is part of the seven book series on building a metal shop from scrap. It works as advertised and turns on the faceplate and centers quite nicely.

David J. Gingery

Welcome to the Make: Does anybody know the name of the song? Or if not a lathe, anything at all that makes you enjoy your time spent on your hobby. The hobbyist starts by constructing a small foundry capable of melting silicon — aluminum and zinc alloys from recycled automotive parts.

Althe guess that sounds a bit like star wars or something. Subscribe to Make Magazine Today!

I built the lathe, scaled up to By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In the meantime, keep making stuff! Now I built this lathe after almost 20 years in a machine shop, so i knew some tricks of the trade which made it much easier for me. Gingert are more expensive per pound and less desirable than cast iron, but they’re still better than aluminum.