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Old 11-05-2012, 12:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I just got my mini lathe up and running about 2 months ago. It is a lot of fun. I am right in the middle of building my daughter a chess set for Christmas. It is all made of round washers, different thickness then cut off and put on a bolt to keep them together. I'll post up later of what I got done so far but there is about 180 pieces to do.

Not sure where you are but here is the places I have been getting my lathe tooling and stuff: Busy Bee Tools - Woodworking Tools, Metalworking Tools, Power Tools at factory direct prices.
This is where I have been getting my stock from: METAL SUPERMARKETS - Buy Metal Online - Small Quantity Orders for Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Hot Rolled Steel, Cold Rolled Steel for Delivery or Local Pickup

Both these places have show rooms local to me, but you can order for delivery.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:47 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I almost forgot, the high temp pvc (tan stuff) is nicer to work with than the white. Electrical conduit (blue/gray) is also better. One of those is CPVC. Old white pvc can get nasty, especially if it was in the sun for a while.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:48 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Make yourself a collet chuck head for ER-32 collets, great project to learn how to use a small lathe (which will then have collet capability to be much more effective). You'll need the following tools and equipment to do it:

-your mini lathe
-material to make the collet chuck, which is basically a one-piece component and not complicated
-boring bar and drills
-threading tool
-ER32 collets and a collar with matching wrench
-ER32 dimensional specs available online
-drill press or other means of accurately drilling the mounting holes
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions, so far they have been very helpful. I also found a local metal supermarket and I hope to go investigate it tomorrow
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:42 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Uh, supp, I mean raincovers
i like this one XD
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:25 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Here is a picture of my mini lathe.
Here is the states on it. I bought it from a member on here. It came with lots of tools and I have bought some since.

LATHE METAL 10IN. X 18IN. 3/4 HP CRAFTEX
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:20 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Im thinking of selling the one i have and getting a 10x22 from grizzly. I have noticed that a lot of the paintball stuff I want to make is longer than the 10 in max of mine.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:40 PM   #18 (permalink)
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honestly the tiny lathes are good for learning on, but you will always be limited until you invest in a larger machine with more capabilities all around. horsepower, workholding, tool holding, spindle capacity, and the width and length are all considerations... My suggestion is to keep your little machine, and work the hell out of it until you know exactly what you need for an upgrade. I kept using my tiny mini lathe for many years and it only recently gave up the magic smoke... after thousands of hours of spindle time. not bad, for a single phase chinese machine tool (I bought it new for 650 bucks in 2003, which means it got 9 years of considerable use). I did make several mods and retrofits to it in order to take the workload and replaced some electronics a few times, but otherwise it really did hold up very well. I may even resurrect it eventually by replacing the drive motor and maybe just run a belt change for speed control... don't need very much speed adjustment really.
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Im thinking of selling the one i have and getting a 10x22 from grizzly. I have noticed that a lot of the paintball stuff I want to make is longer than the 10 in max of mine.
I think that spindle bore is 1", which is very tight on a lot of barrels and bodies.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:54 PM   #20 (permalink)
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make me a pump handle!!
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