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Metal Lathe for Home Machinists [Paperback]

Harold Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565236939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565236936
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bobbie
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I chose this rating because the book turned out to be basically a series of projects.....I have not started any as yet....!
It has however quite a large amount of useful info, advice etc...
So if one wads thro' it you can find usefull stuff and maybe one day try the projects...
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a re-named copy of an earlier work 18 Mar 2013
By M. Stromberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Readers of Harold Hall will recognize the title "Lathework: A Complete Course (Workshop Practice)"

I was hesitant at first, but since I love to collect books on machining, I ordered it. Even though I also ordered the above book from Amazon, they didn't know or bother to warn me that this IS THE SAME BOOK with a different title!

Great book, but now I have two versions. This version has a more expensive binding with glossy pages, and was easier to read, but if you have the other, don't buy this one. To sell both of these as though they are different works demonstrates questionable ethics IMHO.

Very late update to this review: Mr. Hall happens to be on one of my online machinist's forums and he told me that a different publisher now owns this series of books and has chosen to release *all* of them with new covers and titles. He didn't have any say in the matter. So, a word to the wise, this warning actually applies to the whole series.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better take a class first 25 April 2013
By Shaun - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting the book to start with an introduction to using the lathe but it seems to jump in assuming you've already taken classes and know what all the tools are. For example, it starts talking about the need for a rear tool post without explaining what it is or how it works (or why it makes it easier to make a certain type of cut). It's more a sequence of practice pieces than an instruction manual. I'm not used to reading technical plans and the photographs it uses are hard to make out.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tutorial manual! 21 Mar 2013
By ed amazon glenn - Published on Amazon.com
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The author takes you step-by-step through projects of increasing complexity.
Even better, you'll build tools you'll use in your shop, and use in the next project in the book.
Very good explanations of how to use the lathe. You will start out as a novice, and end up being a really good lathe operator by the end. The last project is really complex, but you will be able to tackle it, because of all the previous learning steps, AND all the cool tools you built.
Mr. Hall definitely knows what he's talking about. I hope he comes out with a Part 2 manual, just so I can makes some more cool tools.
I'm using an old Atlas 6" lathe, and had no idea you can do so much with a lathe. Thank you Mr. Hall.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Defective from printer 7 Aug 2013
By Darryl K Dodge - Published on Amazon.com
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Informative book but pages missing, other sections with multiple pages recurring throughout. Poor quality control at Publishing Co. probably many of these out there. BTW, Do not buy from super Book deals,, they do not have any customer service at all. You have a problem, you are screwed ! Super book Deals treats customers like crooks, stay away from them ! ! !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book for beginning machinist, not so much for the hobbyist. 4 Feb 2014
By Randall Stout - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of the projects and explanations in the book pertain to a full lathe and really dont line up to what I can do on a Mini Lathe. Id recommend this for someone with a full lathe, not so much for someone starting out with a mini lathe.
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