Learning to lathe – progress report

A while back, I posted my plan for learning to use my new lathe. I’m now about four and a half hours into the practice part of learning. I’ve produced a bucket-full of swarf.

At this point, I can confidently turn to a diameter and get a reasonable finish on a part. I’ve managed to stop welding aluminum to the top of the tool, and I’ve also sharpened and repositioned the tool (it was set incorrectly by the previous owner).

So, overall, the plan seems to be working. Will I be an expert machinist by the new year? Certainly not. But I expect I will have the confidence to attempt to turn the things I want.

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