The Mini-Lathe Paperback – Dec 1 2008
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What I found was a book where the first two chapters were ok, the rest a mixture of old parts and new ones. As many other sources on minilathes, this book doesn't cover the tailstock in detail.
The book should not be considered a "teaching tool" on how to operate a minilathe.
I recommend this book to people that are about to buy a minilathe, and expect a "ready-to-work" unit.
The information Mr. Fenner gives can be easily found navigating the internet using "minilathe" as the subject. There are a lot of links, each one somehow different from the other.
I don't claim to be an expert on any topic, but I believe that most owners of these Sieg lathes could benefit from the material provided in this book. More experienced and innovative owners may already know and/or use a large portion of the tips, modifications, and procedures highlighted in this book, but would probably still find some of the material inspiring and useful nonetheless.
I would recommend this book to anybody that owns a variation of this lathe or that plans to purchase one in the near future. While these machines usually have some issues as delivered, the majority of them can be overcome with the right amount of time, experience, material, craftsmanship, and innovation as a good bit of this WSPS installment discusses. Overall, this book is an excellent companion and should be considered required reading for owners of these Sieg lathes.
I would have liked to see some simple projects included to show basic machining techniques on the mini lathe.