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You may not notice your own subtle transition from self-taught beginner to intermediate craftsman, but it’s easy to spot some of the signs –- such as modifying your existing equipment to give it more functionality or high-end features.  Toolmonger reader Nick Johnson did just that with his lathe.

One major problem with mini-lathes — when making a cut, the tool holder may drift along the x or y axes. Nicer lathes include a locking mechanism to prevent this sort of drift, and so I’ve added them to my mini-lathe.

Not everyone would be able to do this mod, and not everyone would miss it — but Nick has progressed to the point where he can not only tell the difference but construct the proper mounts to rectify the issue.

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2 Responses to Projects: Mini-Lathe Mod

  1. Nick Carter says:

    Not me, that’s another guy, Nick Johnson!

  2. Sean O'Hara says:

    Sorry about that, gents. My bad.

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