Mini Lathe Operation

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This page is intended to help beginners get started using the 7x and similar lathes.  I am not a professional machinist, so the techniques described may not always be the best approach. If you would like to comment or recommend changes, please contact me.

Before you begin using the lathe for the first time, you should be familiar with the terminology and grinding cutting tools. You may choose to purchase and use pre-ground tools or to grind your own.

Jose Rodriguez has made several instructional videos for the 7x that are a great source of information.

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If you have not already done so, please read the Disclaimer and Safety Tips before proceeding.


If you have not already done so, please read the Disclaimer (last updated 10/18/09)


Lathe Safety

YOU are responsible for your own safety and proper machine operation.

As small as it is, the mini lathe, like any power tool, can be dangerous if used improperly. If you are new to metal working, get in the habit right from the start of rigorously following good safety practices. Here are some tips:

While actively participating in the 7x10 interest group over several years I have not heard of any serious injuries caused by the 7x lathes, but there have been a few close calls. With proper precautions and forethought you should be able to enjoy a lifetime of safe machining.


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Operations:    Boring    Drilling    Facing     Knurling   Parting     Tapping     Threading    Turning