30 - What is a mini lathe machine and how to use it

Custom Cez explains what is a lathe and them makes a part with it.

In this episode we tackle a very popular and desired tool: The lathe machine.


First we'll go through a detailed description of the parts that make a mini lathe for metalworking, from the tool post all the way to the gears, engine and cross slides.
Then we start a tutorial on the creation of a new part machining it from a piece of stock aluminum. We will be turning a gas cup for a Harley Davidson tank with a shape of a crown.
We'll push our mini lathe machine to the max in this metalworking task.

What did we do:

  • detailed description of a metal mini lathe with all its parts.
  • adaptation of an existing gas cup to use as a base for our ornament
  • machining on the metal lathe of some stock aluminum
  • fitting test


In the second part we continue the metalwork on our gas tank cup by machining the part at an angle using the rotating capability of the top slide. We'll create a tapered surface both on the outside and the inside of our piece.
The we put Polsky Rage's grinding skill to the test for the creation of the crown points to then finish up the job with a file.

What did we do:

  • working the mini lathe cutting tool at an angle
  • machining of an outside taper
  • machining of an inside taper
  • designing of the final shape right on the part
  • grinding of the shape
  • filing of the shape
  • final touches


ep 30 01 p1 What is and how to use a lathe
ep 30 01 p2 What is and how to use a lathe
ep 30 02 lathe gears
ep 30 03 grinding aluminum
ep 30 04 using a small lathe
ep 30 05 using a lathe with a braced tool
ep 30 06 making a part from scratch with a lathe
ep 30 07 grinding a lathe tool
ep 30 08 controlling a lathe with a power tool
ep 30 09 What is and how to use a lathe
ep 30 10 making a taper shape with a lathe
ep 30 11 fitting a part
ep 30 12 inside cutting with a lathe
ep 30 13 making a gas cap
ep 30 14 What is and how to use a lathe
ep 30 15 using a compass
ep 30 16 rough part
ep 30 17 Custom Cez
ep 30 18 filing an alluminum part


Tags: tutorial, how to, lathe,, mini lathe, metal lathe, turning, metalworking, machining

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