The Amateur's Lathe Paperback – Sep 1999
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About the Author
Lawrence Sparey was that somewhat rare combination - a professional engineer with what he himself called 'an amateur's outlook' which allowed him to maintain his appreciation of the difficulties of the average workshop owner with his small lathe. He was also a pioneer of model aeroplane internal combustion engines for home construction in Britain of the 1940s. This book represents the accumulated engineering wisdom of a previous generation.
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But, Sparey really does give a lot of great information. His duscussion, for example, of parting off and how to correctly grind a parting off tool is unsurpassed by any other source of information I have read. Moltrecht's book is better at giving formulaes for calculating cutting speeds, etc. But this is pretty trivial to derive for yourself given a knowledge of basic geometry. Additionally, some of the recommended speeds/feeds are directed towards maximum efficiency in an industrial environment with high-HP machinery--trying some of the cuts on smaller equipment with lower HP (< 5 HP, say) typically found in a home workshop is probably not a good idea. I think Sparey's book does a much better job of presenting information useful for the home workshop.
Sparey's quirky British humor is just terrific. His comment, for example, that "The acquisition and installation of the lathe is one of the highlights of life." is absolutely priceless. I've got quite a library of books on lathes by now, and I think this is probably the best of them all.
Still, I do wish the photographs were better.
It's got poor black and white photographs that I don't understand and are often not adequately explained.
On numerous occasions he jumps past things that are NOT obvious to a beginner. His descriptions of the various items range from excellent to terrible.
I've seen this advertised as 'The essential lathe book with a complete description of parts and functions.' THAT IS NOT TRUE.
I am an amateur. It doesn't meet my needs. Consign it to the dustbin of history and pray someone writes a better book than this.
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