Mini-Lathe: Articles in Home Shop Machinist and Machinist’s Workshop

These tables are extracted and slightly updated from the Home Shop Machinist index at http://www.homeshopmachinist.net/resources/article-index/ and the Machinist’s Workshop index at http://www.machinistsworkshop.net/resources/article-index/. I don’t promise to keep this up-to-date, so consider the original sources as definitive…

Home Shop Machinist

Article Title Author Page Subject Issue
Notes on the 7 x 10 Mini-Lathe – Harbor Freight Model 33684 Joe Mroz 41 Hobby Community HSM Vol. 21 No. 4 Jul-Aug 2002
T-slotted Faceplate for the Mini-lathe, A Sandro Di Filippo 10 Lathes HSM Vol. 30 No. 4 Jul-Aug 2011
Additions and Modifications to a Mini-lathe Ted Hansen 29 Shop Machinery HSM Vol. 31 No. 5 Sep-Oct 2012
A+M: Making a Faceplate or Chuck Adapter Ted Hansen 42 Lathes HSM Vol. 31 No. 6 Nov-Dec 2012
A+M: Apron Upgrades Ted Hansen 49 Lathes HSM Vol. 32 No. 1 Jan-Feb 2013
A+M: Bed Wipers & Carriage Ways Ted Hansen 52 Lathes HSM Vol. 32 No. 2 Mar-Apr 2013
A+M: Increasing Torque with a Small Motor Pulley Ted Hansen 28 Lathes HSM Vol. 32 No. 3 May-Jun 2013
A+M: Upgrading the Tailstock Ted Hansen 34 Lathes HSM Vol. 32 No. 4 Jul-Aug 2013
A+M: Alignment Essentials Ted Hansen 46 Lathes HSM Vol. 32 No. 5 Sep-Oct 2013
A+M: A Carriage Travel Stop and Spindle Index Ted Hansen 42 Lathes HSM Vol. 32 No. 6 Nov-Dec 2013
A+M: Using the Compound Rest as a Milling Slide Ted Hansen 37 Lathes HSM Vol. 33 No. 1 Jan-Feb 2014
A+M: Milling Setups Ted Hansen 34 Lathes HSM Vol. 33 No. 2 Mar-Apr 2014
A Fix for the Mini-Lathe Marco Crivellari 22 Lathes HSM Vol. 33 No. 3 May-Jun 2014
A+M: Compound Rest Improvements Ted Hansen 46 Lathes HSM Vol. 33 No. 3 May-Jun 2014
A+M: A Quick-change Tool Post Ted Hansen 50 Lathes HSM Vol. 33 No. 4 Jul-Aug 2014
A+M – Aligning the Cross Slide Ted Hansen 52 Lathes HSM Vol. 33 No. 5 Sep-Oct 2014
A+M – Cross Slide Improvements Ted Hansen 53 Lathes HSM Vol. 33 No. 6 Nov-Dec 2014
A+M – Carriage Locks and More Ted Hansen 58 Lathes HSM Vol. 34 No. 1 Jan-Feb 2015
A+M: The Modular Dividing Head for the Mini Ted Hansen 58 Lathes HSM Vol. 34 No. 2 Mar-Apr 2015
A+M: A Worm Drive for the Indexing Head Ted Hansen 46 Lathes HSM Vol. 34 No. 3 May-Jun 2015
A+M: Using the Worm Attachment and Adding a Spindle Index Ted Hansen 54 Lathes HSM Vol. 34 No. 4 Jul-Aug 2015
A+M: Making Gear Cutters Ted Hansen 56 Miscellaneous HSM Vol. 34 No. 5 Sep-Oct 2015
A+M: Steady Rests Ted Hansen 56 Lathes HSM Vol. 34 No. 6 Nov-Dec 2015
A+M: Vertical Milling Attachment Ted Hansen 50 Lathes HSM Vol. 35 No. 1 Jan-Feb 2016
A+M: A Horizontal Milling Attachment Ted Hansen 52 Lathes HSM Vol. 35 No. 2 Mar-Apr 2016
A+M: Fine Feeds and Torque Ted Hansen 52 Lathes HSM Vol. 35 No. 3 May-Jun 2016
A+M: Ball Thrust Bearings and Working with Wood Ted Hansen 52 Lathes HSM Vol. 35 No. 4 Jul-Aug 2016

Machinist’s Workshop

Article Title Author Name Subject Issue Page
A Tailstock Fix for a Mini-lathe Kevin Castner Lathes MW Vol. 24 No. 5 Oct-Nov 2011 32
Compound Rest and Cross Slide Clamps for the Mini-Lathe Tom McAllister Lathes MW Vol. 26 No. 4 Aug-Sep 2013 28
Improve the Lead Screw Reverse Latch on Your Mini-lathe James A. Hornicek Lathes MW Vol. 27 No. 1 Feb-Mar 2014 20
Mini-Lathe Modifications George Overturf Lathes MW Vol. 29 No. 2 Apr-May 2016 20
My Mini-Lathe Jim Reynolds Lathes MW Vol. 19 No. 3 Jun-Jul 2006 38
New Saddle Clamps for a Mini-Lathe Carl Byrns Lathes MW Vol. 27 No. 4 Aug-Sep 2014 32
Quick-change Gearbox for a Chinese Mini-lathe Lex Liberato Lathes MW Vol. 20 No. 4 Aug-Sep 2007 18

Little Machine Shop tabulates some useful Mini-lathe information:

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  1. #1 by solaandjin on 2016-07-05 - 13:31

    My goodness. You don’t buy a lathe, you adopt another child, it seems.

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-07-05 - 14:16

      The lathe includes a couple of you-had-one-job-dammit projects, but, on the whole, it does pretty much what you’d expect.

      Now I can put the HSM / MW issues back on the shelf and toss the notes I’d been accumulating. I appreciate not having to work through that entire list of tweaks and mods.

      I’m definitely not scratch-building dividing heads and milling attachments!

      • #3 by solaandjin on 2016-07-05 - 22:14

        That reminds me of this video I watched in its entirety last week of some guy making a boring head for his lathe. https://youtu.be/7ngNtK9tKME

        I have no idea why, I don’t own a metal lathe, but it does dull the tool lust somewhat. Machining appears, from my perspective, to be an intricate dance where any misstep destroys your part and you have to start over again. Also makes one hell of a mess.

        What will you be lathe-ing?

        • #4 by Ed on 2016-07-06 - 07:43

          an intricate dance where any misstep destroys your part

          There’s a definite reward for maintaining focus during incredibly boring (ahem) operations, but it’s surprisingly easy to get into the flow and emerge an hour later with a nice part. That’s on a good day with a tailwind…

          Mostly, I need simple one-off round things without too much accuracy. The 3D printed “plate caps” on those bulbs and tubes showed why that’s not the right process for the job, so I’m tinkering up aluminum & brass caps that look much spiffier.