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Tool Training: Metalworking Lathe JAN/FEB

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Tool Training: Metalworking Lathe JAN/FEB

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Monday, January 20, 7:30-10PM
This ticket grants admission to one session of Manual Metalworking Lathe Tool Training at Artisan's Asylum. This training qualifies students to operate the Colchester & Clausing metal lathes without supervision as an Asylum member.
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Monday, February 3, 7:30-10PM Sold Out $75.00 $2.49
Monday, February 17, 7:30-10PM 2 Tickets $75.00 $2.49

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If you already know what you want to build and how you want to build it, and you just want to learn how to use the tools you need safely or need a refresher, Tool Training sessions are for you! This 2.5-hour personalized training will launch you into the world of precision machining at the Artisan's Asylum. Makers of all types will benefit from shaping aluminum, steel, and plastics into precisely cut parts.

In this class students will learn to safely use our Colchester/Clausing Metalworking Lathe (a.k.a. engine lathe). After an introduction to terminology and machine anatomy, students will learn the following operations:

-- Changing spindle speeds and identifying cutting speed ranges.
-- Changing and adjusting tool bits and accessories.
-- Holding workpieces in the chuck and centering long parts.
-- Facing raw aluminum stock for perfect surface finish.
-- Turning shoulders, grooves, and chamfers in aluminum.
-- Precision hole location and drilling.
-- Cleanup and machine care.

If you already have training on this equipment and just need to be checked off to use it at the Asylum, sign up for one of our free testing sessions (info and link to appointment calendar available here). 

Class Goals:

Students will become familiar with basic machine anatomy, workholding, toolholding, and various safe turning operations.
If proficiency is achieved, students will leave the class qualified to do independent work on the Asylum's Colchester/Clausing Metalworking Lathe.


"Metalworking Support Tools" strongly recommended. Students must be at least 18 years of age.

Materials Provided:

Practice materials and end mills will be provided by Artisan's Asylum.

What to Bring:

Please wear closed-toe shoes, avoid any dangling clothes or adornments, and tie back long hair. Students are encouraged to bring scrap materials or personal projects to class.

Event Time:

Paul CarsonManual Metalworking Lathe tool training sessions are generally available alternate Monday evenings, 7:30 to 10pm. You can register for a particular session according to the dates on the ticket types above.

Instructor Biography:

Paul Carson is an engineer by training and metalworking enthusiast.  After years of making bicycle powered sculptures, a recumbent trike, gas powered bumper cars and other contraptions, he designed his own bicycle building process using the fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer.

REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form. 

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.

Have questions about Tool Training: Metalworking Lathe JAN/FEB? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.


Artisan's Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143


Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:

* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.

* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.

* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility. 

* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.

* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship. 

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