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Mini-lathe mods and lathe tools projects


Purchased the 7x12 mini-lathe on January 2007. It is a nice tool within the size limits for my projects and, for a first time lathe owner, it is definitively the nicest machine on the home workshop. Within the first few months I had test a lot and pointed modifications to do. These small lathes can be improved as much as you like or need. Some mods and fixes are very popular among mini-lathe owners, others are more specific to the work one use the lathe for.


This one is a Einhell mini-lathe, manufactured in China by Real Bull, and some mods may not work the same way with a Sieg mini-lathe. Take a look at what is already done.


Mini lathe saddle

MINI-LATHE SADDLE
fitting the saddle to bed

Mini lathe carriage  lock

CARRIAGE LOCK
for the Mini-lathe


Mini lathe apron

MINI-LATHE APRON MODS
and disengageable handwheel

Mini lathe chucks

REPAIR LATHE CHUCKS
someday will re-check it


Mini lathe bed

MINI-LATHE BED
preparation and mods

Mini lathe headstock 4 inch spindle

MINI-LATHE HEADSTOCK MODS
100mm / 4" spinde upgrade


Mini lathe motor speed reducer jack shaft

JACK SHAFT MOTOR SPEED REDUCER
work in progress

Mini lathe steady  rest

LATHE STEADY REST
ball bearings mod and a quick-lock clamping plate


Making a QCTP for the lathe

A NORMAN PATENT TOOLPOST
a QCTP from 1925

Making a wrench for the  spindle nuts

SPINDLE NUTS WRENCH SET
made on the lathe


MT2 spring loaded  center

WIGGLER / CENTER FINDER
also used for tapping

Mini-lathe  spindle cleaning tool

SPINDLE CLEANING TOOL
to clean the MT3 bore


Drawbars for the mini-lathe spindle

LATHE DRAWBARS
for tooling and work-holding

Parting toolholder with back rake

PARTING TOOLHOLDER
for parting with back rake angle


Mini-lathe cross slide extension

CROSS SLIDE EXTENSION
plus thrust bearing and lock-nut mod

Mini-lathe leadscrew handwheel

LEADSCREW HANDWHEEL
disengageable and with 60 divisions dial


Mini-lathe tachometer wheel

MINI-LATHE TACHOMETER
work in progress

Mini-lathe chuck backplate and front mount chuck mod

LATHE CHUCK BACKPLATE
and front mount chuck mod