Lathe square tool post assembly

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If you are new to metalworking lathes and lathe work, this page will help you understand some of the basic concepts, terminology and capabilities. In essence, a lathe, whether for woodworking or metalworking, rotates a cylindrical workpiece along its axis and removes material from the workpiece to form it into a specific shape.

On a woodworking lathe, the cutting tools usually are hand-held against a support and are moved in and out and back and forth along the surface of the work by hand to form a shape such as a table leg.

On metalworking lathes, the cutting tools are held rigidly in a tool holder that is mounted on a movable platform called the carriage. The tool is moved in and out by means of hand wheels and back and forth either by turning a handwheel or under power from the lathe. The result is that material can be removed from the workpiece under very precise control to produce shapes that are truly precision made. Dimensional accuracies of one-one-thousandth of an inch (.001") or one-tenth of a millimeter are typical. Because of the inherent rotational nature of a lathe, the vast majority of the work produced on it is basically cylindrical in form. In spite of this, the lathe is an extremely versatile machine capable of producing a surprising variety of objects used mainly as component parts of mechanical systems.

After learning some of the basic terminology of the lathe, check out the Capabilities and Features pages for lots more information.

To gain a good understanding of the lathe, you will need to know the names of the various components, as illustrated below. The carriage, in the circled area, consists of the apron, the vertical casting on which the carriage handwheel is mounted, and the saddle (not shown), the H-shaped casting that rides on the ways to which the apron is attached.

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