I am an experienced woodworker and use a woodworking lathe. I'd like to get
into metal working without a huge outlay of cash. I am somewhat familiar with
metals processing (turning, plasma spray, electron beam and other sorts of
exotic welding, turning, grinding, drilling, CNC machining, and so on) though
not necessarily hands on, from the aircraft repair industry where I was an
engineer. I also weld, have a drill press, and have shop hand tools like
grinders, drills, sand blasters, micrometers, etc.
What I am looking for is how to start out on machine tools like surface
grinders and lathes and what sort of equiupment to get for my first purchase to
be able to make small parts for projects and repairs to my various bits of
outdoor equipment. I have seen some einteresting looknig stuff at Harbor
Freight, Chinese made of course, like a combinmation mill/drill press/lathe for
around $500. The Smithy stuff looks interesting too.
17 years ago