Metal Lathe 101


The metal lathe is a mesmerizing tool that allows you to make all kinds of things that can't be made in any other way. It's usually the first stop on the way to making your own tools.

In this class you'll learn how to operate the metal lathe for some basic operations like facing, drilling, and turning to a specific size (you'll also learn to read a micrometer). We'll talk about different cutting tools and when to use each one. Most importantly, we'll cover how to avoid hurting yourself or others when operating the metal lathe.

Min age: 15 years old - adult

Max number of students in the class: 2


= $50 for non-members of Decatur Makers (for more info and to join, click here (

= FREE for members of Decatur Makers (please pay here, and you will be reimbursed after the class if you attend. No-shows won't be reimbursed unless they change their RSVPs to Not Going at least 2 days beforehand)

Your metal lathe instructor, William (Bill) Crispell, retired from a 35 year career in Industrial Automation. In the early days he designed and fabricated the control cabinets, occasionally making use of the metal lathe. On retiring he purchased a 1953 South Bend Heavy 10 lathe renewing his interest in manual machining. Restoring his lathe was the first project. His equipment list has expanded to include welders and a milling machine. He tuned and modified Decatur Makers’ Grizzly G4000 to offer this class.