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    Default Lathe projects for a beginner

    I've posted here a few times before and I'm grateful for all the information I've recieved. Now that I've got my lathe leveled and set up I need some project ideas. I've made a drawbar pin from some plans at the local votech center, but spring classes are almost over and new classes won't start till August. I prefer to build things I can use, but any suggestions you have willl be appreciated. For material I don't really have a preference, although CR steel is pretty easy to get. I'm not sure about aluminum, and brass is not an option. Plastic is something to consider, but I don't know anything about the hardness to ask for and I've never messed with plastic.
    Side note: My lathe is a 13 x 6 South Bend sold in 1945 to the War Battery Co. Kansas City, Missouri.(Per Lablonde) Would anyone have any info on this Company?What they manufactured, years of business operation, etc.?

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    Check out the threads on this board titled "what have you made with your lathe" and " what have you made for your lathe". There's a bunch of ideas from simple to complex.

    Blob

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    Default Machine shop projects

    I picked up the book "Machine Shop Projects" on ebay. It has 70 projects with drawings and step-by-step instructions. Haven't tried anything yet since my lathe is in pieces, but the book looks good. Simple to complex.

    Here is a link.... no affiliation.

    Mike

    http://cgi.ebay.com/SOUTH-BEND-LATHE...QQcmdZViewItem
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    Need a tool post? This one works well and is easy to make. http://steammachine.com/hercus/page6.html
    Have fun, Mike

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    Default tool holder

    I like that. Thanks for the link.


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