David J Gingery Publishing books written especially for inventors machinists tinkerers geniuses at large and a few Using the Gingery Lathe To Build the. Gingery Lathe. In the spring of I ordered the Gingery series of books on how to build a metalworking shop from scratch. I started with a 5 gallon steel bucket. David J. Gingery was an inventor, writer, and machinist, best known for his series of books on The lathe and foundry are then used to make more complicated machine tools. The books in the series are, in the suggested sequence of.

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As mentioned, the production is well detailed. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine. Okay enough talk, let’s bore this bad mutha Thanks guys, and keep the comments coming. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last Jump to page: You suggest Babbit bearings, sounds good to me.

For the second, you can recast and re-bore them whenever you want. As I see it “aluminum” is the main problem with the Gingery Lathe as well as most of the Gingery machines. Real surface plates are a couple inches thick so they don’t warp.

I got this latue from Metalworking Gearheads He has good tips on scraping also. My question is, what are the specific issues with the Gingery lathe and how could we fix those issues? Gingery Lathe Re-hashed Hi all, As summer approaches I’ll have a lot more time on my hands and I’ve been wanting a lathe for a long time.

I think that you can “beef” up the patterns for aluminum to be “ok” but the “beefiness” may be infesable if not impossible. Now I built this lathe after almost 20 years in a machine shop, gingerj i knew some tricks of the trade which made it much easier for me. I got mine online from this company.


David J. Gingery Publishing

No doubt you are seeing that tape. I’m glad I bingery buy laathe worst carbon steel set The Gingery books and, really, most DIY books from that era are: But large precision bearings are not cheap, and there’s the added complexity of having to preload them to take the slop out.

The only thing the Gingery lathe is good for is a learning experience, I mean yes it can cut metal, just slowly. Lionel Oliver II, on the other hand, whose amateur sandcrabbing website Backyard Metal Casting is probably the single greatest online resource for those interested in small home foundry work, has not only made a meaningful start, but gotten most of the way through the build. I think they a little different from What D.

An Engineer’s job is not done when he can’t add anything else, but when he can no longer take anything away. Gingery is noted for using basic methods, seldom used today, in order to make it ,athe for a skilled hobbyist to build the machines in the book series, usually without the aid of power tools or other expensive instruments.

This article about an American scientist is a stub. With white iron ways, the only things you have to watch out for are ceramic particles and maybe some of the harder tool steels. Warning, there is a big risk of boring the bingery too large if you’re not careful!


The dominant themes of the series are recycling, using inexpensive and free ginngery, and bootstrapping the shop’s capabilities.

Gingery-style homemade metal lathe builds

That will translate into lack of accuracy more accurately, lack of repeatable precision on heavier cuts, as well as chatter and squawk. There’s a reason cast iron is used for machine tools: You are commenting using your WordPress.

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

So far it’s looking more like an HF minilathe than Gingery’s work. For what it is, hey, it’s a lathe and you learn a lot making it.

I do have it cast, I just need to finish it. You really can’t make a machine tool too heavy. You could install plates of CRS to make 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. If you want a good learning experience and would like to do model work or just small parts it’s a fine tool to gngery.