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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He was also a devoted amateur musician primarily tenor banjo and vocalist performing the music of the Great American Songbook and classic country. I was thinking about the sturdiness problem and was wondering if by making the lathe conssiderably smaller gingerh like 18″ long or something – and beefing up the castings, could you make the lathe anywhere decent?

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An Engineer’s job is not done when he can’t add anything else, but when he can no longer take anything away. These ltahe more expensive per pound and less desirable than cast iron, but they’re ltahe better than aluminum.

I guess I should build the tailstock next Email required Address never made public. Check out part 6; the tailstock! 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!

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This article includes a list of referencesrelated reading or external linksbut its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. This would be an 8×12 lathe, comparable to Gingery size.

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. For what it is, hey, it’s a lathe and latbe learn a lot making it.


Most of that was for steel and brass bushings. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

My question is, what are the specific issues with the Gingery lathe and how could we fix those issues? If you have never used a metal cutting lathe and plan to build a Gingery based lathe it will be a great learning experience, and you will never know the difference from a REAL lathe of the same size and the Gingery lathe. Notify me of new posts via email. Our editors will review your materials and follow up with you via email as soon as possible.

I think that you can “beef” up the patterns for aluminum to be “ok” but the “beefiness” may be infesable if not impossible. If you use aluminum, you’ll end up with a lack of rigidity either bulk deflection, vibrational, or both compared with, say, cast iron parts. The one in the front shows almost no signs of shrinkage so it’s the one I went with.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. But large precision bearings are not cheap, and there’s the added complexity of having to preload them to take the slop out. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. View post on imgur. Don’t know about you, but I’m not making parts for the space shuttle and if I frig up something I cast, hey, I can make another. The lathe and foundry are then used to make more complicated machine tools.

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That’s a nice clean hole. That will translate into lack of accuracy more accurately, lack of repeatable precision on heavier cuts, as well as chatter and squawk. I really like the background music. Here are the bearings. 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.


I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine. With white iron ways, the only things you have to watch out for are ceramic particles and maybe some of the harder tool steels. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I corresponded with Dave back when the books first came out. This page was last edited on 14 Januaryat 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.

That cut down a bit on the chattering, but didn’t solve the problem entirely.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. However, dropping a chunk of change on it is next to impossible. Finally with the bearings wouldn’t a greased roller or needle bearing, like on the main spindle of a decent drill press, be better than a babbit.

Thanks guys, and keep the comments coming. 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. Thanks for your submission. Off the top of my head: The problem I have with it, other than the fact that real surface plates are readily available, is that plate glass isn’t stiff enough to maintain accuracy. I am descended from 5, generations of tool-using primates. I watched all his videos many times.