Dr A. Evan Lewis PhD, MD

(Anthony Evan Dowden Lewis)

"LatheTutorial">Video: Using an engineer's lathe

In these short YouTube videos I am using the engineer\'s lathe to make all the parts for the Hero Steam Engine. It includes several special techniques such as spinning copper into a bowl shape from a flat sheet, and making the gear wheel for the worm drive gear box. Along the way I make several special tools for the lathe. The second major project is building a model gold mining stamper battery using a special method for making cams on the lathe. Next a steam engine will be built from scrap without a milling machine, casting or welding. The methods apply to any engineering lathe. The model I am using is a Boxford Model A Mark 1 built in December 1955. Most of these videos form a Playlist on my YouTube chanel Evan's Chanel

Season 1 Part 1: Introduction to the tutorial How to use a Boxford engineers lathe

Season 1 Part 2: The knobs and levers on a Boxford lathe 1953

Season 1 Part 3: Setup Options for the Boxford Lathe

Season 1 Part 4: Planning the project to build a Hero's Steam Engine

Season 1 Part 5: Parting and Facing using a Boxford lathe

Season 1 Part 6: Facing the end to the correct length

Season 1 Part 7: Use of a four-jaw chuck and dial gauge on a Boxford lathe.

Season 1 Part 8: Drilling and tapping a hole at 120ยบ with 4 jaw chuck on the Boxford lathe

Season 1 Part 9: The boiler, valve, filler cap and rotor of the Hero steam engine

Season 2 Episode 1: An easy method for making gear wheels and worm gears

Season 2 Episode 2: Cutting a thread

Season 2 Episode 3: Overhauling the lathe head and back gear

Season 2 Episode 4: Re-assembly of the lathe head

Season 2 Episode 5: How to set up a reversing switch for a single phase motor

Season 2 Episode 6: Basics of gear train calculations.
(See notes for a simplified method)

Season 3 Episode 1: Installing a milling attachment on an engineers lathe

Season 3 Episode 2:Making a simple indexing wheel from a circular saw blade

Season 3 Episode 3: Turning a taper by the tailstock offset method to make a Morse taper.

Season 3 Episode 4: Making a dedicated tool post for cutting off (parting) on an engineers lathe.

Season 3 Episode 5: Repairing a BOSTAR quick-change tool post.

Season 3 Episode 6: Dismantling, lubricating and re-assembling the Three-jaw, self-centering chuck.

Season 3 Episode 7: Softening copper by annealing prior to spinning on a lathe.


Season 3 Episode 8: Flaring a copper sheet before brazing tubes into the boiler.

Season 3 Episode 9: The Hero's steam engine lifting a weight