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The "Midget" Home-made Lathe
Published in the USA during 1945 - when small lathes even in that country were hard to come by and relatively expensive - this set of plans was designed to enable a keen home-workshop enthusiast construct a simple but effective little lathe. Built from sections of angle iron bolted together, the simple flat-faced bed carried a headstock and tailstock constructed from scrap automobile rocker-arm support bearings - though commercially available lightweight plain-bearing "Myford/Drummond M-Type. Other scratch-built and construction kit lathes made over many decades include: F'only, Elffers, Fogg, Geslo, Greenly, Jones, Petrie, Precision and the Multi-machine.