Make your own lathe from scratch?

Here’s another great resource and repository of information on YouTube: Open Source Tools.

They have several old WW2 era training films on basic manual machining, which really hasn’t changed over the years, as well as modern videos and even plans on their website on how to construct simple machine tools including a lathe. (Though intended for people in developing countries to help them create and repair agricultural tools, etc, this has Zombie Apocalypse written all over it!)

Here’s the first of three videos, out of several posted, created by the MIT Machine Shop on basic metal working with tons of good information and tips.

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