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The Taig Lathe: And Its Accessories Paperback – 30 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: DivisionMaster Press; 1st Edition edition (30 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095434930X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954349301
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,454,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tony Jeffree has owned and used a Taig lathe for several years, during which time he has written a number of articles on the Taig lathe and other aspects of model engineering for Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop magazines.

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The Taig lathe is one of the class of lathes that are used for "desktop machining". It is small enough that it can be attached, along with its drive motor, to a base-board, used on a workbench or desk, and then packed away in a cupboard when not in use. Its capacity is not large; it can swing a work piece that is up to 4.5" in diameter and up to about
9" between centres. However, at this extreme of its operation, attempting to machine hard materials like cast iron or steel is a challenge that has to be approached with very sharp tools and very light cuts.
It is possible to use riser blocks to increase the spindle height of the lathe by an extra inch; however, this reduces the stiffness of the machine, and is therefore only of use with softer materials.
The major applications of this kind of lathe tend to be at the small end of what is sometimes known in the UK as Model Engineering and in the US as Home Shop Machining; making scale models of various kinds, clockmaking, small steam engines...and so on. However, they are also widely used in small commercial production and prototyping activities.
It is a mistake to view these lathes as being only metalworking lathes. There are many users that have bought Taig lathes for machining other materials, such as plastics and wood for pen-making. There are even users of somewhat modified Taig lathes that use them for machining pool cues.

In my own association with these machines, the only times that I have felt the Taig lathe to be at all limited have been when I have needed to machine stock that is physically beyond the lathe's capacity; as my main preoccupation in machining has been making clock parts, this hasn™t happened very often. As with any machine tool, the Taig lathe has a limited operating envelope in terms of depth and rate of
cutting (speeds and feeds) that it can support; this envelope will depend on the diameter and type of material being machined, the workholding method employed, and the type of cutting tools in use.

There is no point in pushing any machine beyond its operating envelope and expecting it to perform well. The only possible end results of such abuse are damage to the machine, poor surface finish, de struction of the component, and frustration on the part of the operator.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Walter E. Anderson on 7 April 2003
Format: Paperback
The book is divided into two sections. The first consists of a how-to manual on the set-up of the taig lathe along with detailed descriptions of all the accessories available from taig. This section contains a number of b&w photos. If for no other reason this section warrants the purchase of the book by anyone who owns (or is thinking of buying) a Taig lathe.
The second part of the book consists of descriptions of various accessories for the lathe designed by the author. These accessories are acommpanied by drawings and instructions nescessary to replicate these fixtures. Items like filing rest, dividing head, and lead screw are among the accesories described.
If the first part didn't convince you to purchase this book, any one of these later projects would more than justify the cost of the book.
Highly recommended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Walter E. Anderson on 7 April 2003
Format: Paperback
This book has two target audiences, the novice and the intermediate user. The first half of the book provides the explainations that someone new to the Taig needs (I wish the book was published a year ago). It provides decriptions of each of the accessories. Information on how to assemble the lathe. General information lacking from the factory.
The second half of the book is dedicated to descriptions of accessories that the author has built to augment the lathe. These directions are some of the clearest I have read. All of the projects are worthy of consideration.
If you own (or are considering purchase) a Taig lathe then this book is a must have.
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Amazon.com: 1 review
Disappointed 2 Mar 2010
By GRNDR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book will not give you any real good training information from the standpoint of techniques. The author explains the different aspects of the machine and the accessories. The author then talks about some modifications he made to the machine. He then goes into a lot of detail concerning the dividing attachment he made and the power lead screw. The author has published this information on the web already. Do not buy the book for information that is already on the web. I do not like his ideas on the dividing attachment he designed.
The bottom line is he does not have any real information on machining techniques using this lathe. Just common sense explainations of things which most ambitious hobbists would already know. JW
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