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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Gingery-style homemade metal lathe builds

In the spring of I ordered the Gingery series of books on how to build a metalworking shop from scratch. You suggest Babbit bearings, sounds good to me.

Great casting and video technique! Just watching his experienced hands is a show in itself. I think they a little different from What D. I’d love to have a lathe but there’s no way I can afford to buy one, even a harbour freight one.

David J. Gingery – Wikipedia

It is also quite laborious. In the meantime, keep making stuff! Our editors will review your materials and follow up with you via email as soon as possible. Not a muscle moves for nothing. All but the most recent prints of the series still looked like photocopies of lathr documents with photos glued on.

David J. Gingery

That cut down a bit on the chattering, but didn’t solve the problem entirely. Education How making is transforming learning. I had neither a lathe nor a way to cast aluminum.

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.


Newsletter Stay inspired, keep ginyery. It would be nice to have an array of chucks to reduce set-up time. I just dropped by to push the name of MyFordBoy.

If you know of a good Gingery lathe build I may have missed, please take a minute and drop me a link in the comments! No doubt you are seeing that tape.

So, I looked to the backyard guru of machine makeing Gingery. Fine sand from the bottom of a Virginia trout stream mixed with bentonite clay for a binder was my molding sand. I was thinking about the sturdiness problem and was wondering if by making the lathe conssiderably smaller – like 18″ long or something – and beefing up the castings, could you make the lathe anywhere decent?

If you can borrow some machine tools to use in the construction, that amount of time will go way down. 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.

The price for one of the same size lathes from Harbor Freight is rather cheap when compared to the time you will spend making the Gingery lathe.

By using our website and services, you expressly agree to the placement of our performance, functionality and advertising cookies. I really like the background music. In my opinion, the real incentive for starting down the Gingery road, should be for the education and experience. Latbe plate glass trick is in the shaper book–I’m not sure if it’s also in the lathe book or not. Barry also built the Gingery metal shaper from book 3 of the series.


Retrieved from ” https: My question is, what are the specific issues with the Gingery lathe and how could we fix those issues? Chips of harder metals will chew it up, and worse, they’ll embed in it and abrade your steel ways.

If ya ginhery cast it, Forge it RSS http: The hobbyist starts by constructing a small foundry capable of melting silicon – aluminum and zinc alloys from recycled automotive parts. Except that you wouldn’t have the experience of making your own. So I gingety looking around on the Internet and was pricing lathes. Here’s my quick take on a Gingery-inspired lathe.

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 started to change shape and from from there. Never let Science and Reason get in the way of Logic!!! Another thing that I like about how Lionel done his glngery, was that he broke the construction of the lathe into different sections and posted them that way.

Nice feedback like this really makes me want to complete the shaper, mill, and other projects too. You can get these from Lindsay’s Books. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.

I built mine because I had just quit work as a machinist due to my health, after 2 years I needed a fix on making metal chips, that’s when I came across this web site and seen Lionel’s lathe.