Learn to Turn: Intro to the Metal Lathe

Saturday, November 18, 2023 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Event Age Requirements: 

This class covers lathe safety, basic metal lathe operations, and offers the skills needed to make a part.

Participants will learn how to select and set up tools in the lathe toolholder and also in the tailstock, how to apply a file to a part to remove burrs, how to quickly and easily install stock in the lathe chuck for turning purposes, and learn about things such as keeping basic concentricity in a part, salvaging a part if mistakes are made or dimensions come out incorrectly, how to use a drill chuck in the lathe tailstock, the proper way to drill a hole, and many other minor procedures that will make it possible to successfully operate a lathe and make something useful.

Please note:

Participants must watch the following two videos before the class:
Manual Metalworking Lathe Basics
Metalworking Metrology

(Note: Participants *must* watch the two videos listed above. Anyone who has not watched the videos may be asked to leave, no refund will be issued.)


No previous experience required.

After successful completion of this class and the online portion of the Metal Lathe badge MakeHaven members will earn the Metal Lathe badge. 


Ticket Prices:

General Public: $218
Partnerships: $196
MakeHaven members: $185

Real name: 
Brandon DaSilva


Instructor Bio: 

I have been working as a machinist/tool maker/cnc programmer/robotics technician and Harley Davidson motorcycle technician for the past 20 years. I am interested in learning and sharing knowledge and skills for the personal development of myself and others.



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At 770 Chapel, in basement beside main space.

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Our facilities undergo periodic reviews to maximize ADA compliance. We offer accessible bathrooms, elevators, and wide walkways. In tool usage, we aim for universal access and work individually to adapt tools for safe usage as necessary. If you anticipate needing an adaptation to participate in this event or have further questions, please contact us at events@makehaven.org.