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Lathework: A Complete Course (Workshop Practice) Paperback – 18 Dec 2003
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About the Author
Harold Hall was for a number of years the editor of Model Engineers' Workshop magazine and through its pages, he established himself as a mentor to tyro model engineers worldwide. He is the author of seven books in the indispensable Workshop Practice Series and lives in the Hertfordshire countryside. Harold Hall commenced an industrial apprenticeship in 1950 at the age of sixteen and worked as an electrical control systems engineer for thirty-five years before becoming editor of Model Engineer's Workshop magazine in 1991. Following retirement in 1995, he has continued to contribute metalworking articles to almost every issue of the magazine published since then. His crafting hobbies extend beyond model engineering to cabinet making, modelling, marquetry and pencil sketching.
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There are no explanations available to the most complex procedure in the first chapter, which is the reason, I never completed that workpiece, not having the possibility to mount a milling post on my lathe.
There is good information in the book, but I consider it a rather "incomplete course".
I boggle at the thought he edited a mainstream magazine unless it was the Stanley Unwin Review. When the sentences aren't hard to follow there are some doozies that left me agape. Half way through he says "this brings me to a point I should have made earlier..." I'm sorry? Does your word-processor not allow you to go back and change things? It certainly seems that way from the odd punctuation and spelling mistakes (grove for groove in a couple of places) or perhaps he just wrote it in one sitting.
Then there is a candid admission that the cylindrical square he insisted we made two chapters earlier is "not that useful." Well, gee, thanks Harold.
Now, it would be sad to spend an entire review impuning the text so let's mention the photographs. On second thoughts, let's not. They're terrible. They lack contrast, making them hard on the eyes and the resolution is terrible. Going by the publication date it looks as though they were taken with an early digital camera that just wasn't up to print standards. They're pixelly and jagged. Not good.
How about the layout?
Nope, that's poor too. The photos & diagrams both have their own numbering schemes making it hard work to find them when the text references them; ie one must, say, flip forward to diagram SK3 but back to photo 3. And each chapter starts the numbering from one again.Read more ›
However, one of the reasons for stopping at this point was because I found several "terms" and statements that the writer assumes the reader knows already, and as A beginner, I do not. Thus I am finding that I will have to read again several times the first part in the hope I get to understand, before moving on to actually use the lathe.
Maybe someone can suggest a book that starts right from the begimnning, starting with how exactly to set up ones lathe, with photos/drawings etc. Also how to sharpen tools! The book mentions this, but does not say how to! Just one of the many statements where one is "left up in the air" wondering!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book, I keep referring to it as I am just starting out with using a lathe, lot of starting projects. Best book I have for lathe work so farPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good old stalwart. Bought it for my son who is getting into lathe work.Published 12 months ago by Hookerbill
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