Introduction to the Metal Lathe AUGUST 2018

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

10 Tyler Street

Somerville, MA 02143

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Class Schedule:

This is a 2 session class that takes place on 2 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 7 - 9pm.

Session 1: Wednesday, 8/1/18, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Session 2: Wednesday, 8/8/18, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Class Description:

Learn how to use the Artisan's Asylum's Colchester-Clausing 13" Lathe!

The lathe can be used to make precision machined parts out of metals and plastics.

In this class you will learn how to precisely perform basic machining operations using the lathe. You will learn about tool selection, speeds and feeds, and how to use the DRO (Digital Read Out) to make precisely dimensioned parts. You will practice setting up the machine, use the 3-jaw chuck to securely hold work, change tools, and perform facing and turning cuts on aluminum stock.

This training will give beginning students the information they need in order to safely operate the lathe and also serves as a good refresher for people who have not used a lathe recently.

Successful completion of this training will provide students with the knowledge needed to participate in tool testing for the Artisan’s Asylum Colchester-Clausing Lathe.

Class Goals:

  • Learn about lathe safety and setup
  • Select appropriate tools for turning operations
  • Hold parts using 3-Jaw chuck
  • Learn about calculating Speeds and Feeds
  • Practice changing tools and setting spindle speeds
  • “Zero” the X and Z axis using the DRO
  • Perform basic facing and turning cuts on aluminum
  • Learn about centering work using the 4-jaw chuck
  • Understand the concept of Backlash


No previous machining experience required. Students must be at least 18 years old and must be able to safely reach all equipment.

What to Bring:

Hair ties for long hair, closed-toed shoes, short-sleeve shirt. All other materials needed for class will be provided.


Damian Ward teaches basic machining at Artisan's Asylum. Damian has worked on a dairy farm, pulled network cable, worked for Lockheed Martin, and practiced criminal law.


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