A metal lathe is perfect for telescope restoration and building.
Certainly not a essential tool though.
My first lathe was a Atlas 10 inch bought very inexpensively and I taught myself to use it.
I learned the basics in school but really learned to use the lathe at home.
A metal lathe will let you know if your doing it wrong, bad noises, poor finish, etc.
My grandfather in law left me his Southbend 10 inch which is my lathe now, and I sold the
I remember well metal shop at first was hand tools, a sheet metal pan, and hand filing a
one inch cube of aluminum into a round ball.
I can't remember how or when we were able to use the machine tools, if it was a advanced
class or not, I can't remember. It does make complete sense though, for safety's sake.
And I remember charging up a few big capacitors too! the person sitting next to you's buttocks'
was a good place to discharge it !
Edited by clamchip, 21 December 2020 - 11:40 AM.