Metal Lathe Training

MakeHaven Main Space

The main makerspace and connected shops. This is located at 770 Chapel Street. Registered participants should ring the MakeHaven labeled doorbell. They will be directed down a long hallway, and down a set of stairs to our basement workshop.

Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Hands on learning of the fundamentals of safe and practical use of a Metal Lathe.


About this Event

Students who successfully compete this class will earn the Metal Lathe badge, allowing ongoing use for members. No previous experience required.

The Learning Objectives are as follows:

  • Identify the locations and function of the milling machine's E-stop
  • Identify and demonstrate proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Explain and Identify Lock Out-Tag Out procedure and guidelines for the milling machine
  • List/adhere to all shop/lab safety rules established by Make Haven
  • Identify the location and function of the components on the lathe
  • Demonstrate safe insertion and removal of cutting tools
  • Demonstrate adequate chucking procedure of work-piece
  • Demonstrate proper start up and speed selection sequence for both lathes
  • Identify and confirm proper spindle rotation for intended cutting tool
  • Identify and explain the function of machines preventative maintenance (TPM) requirements
  • Demonstrate the accurate and safe indicating of the machines chuck
  • Demonstrate proper care and use of precision measuring tools (dial indicator, micrometer, dial caliper)
  • Reference the Machinists Handbook for proper tool selection / cutting speeds and feeds.
  • Produce an effective High Speed Steel Turning Tool on the Pedestal Grinder


There will be three chapters of required reading before starting class. Text will be emailed after registration. 

Successful students will earn the Metal Lathe badge, but badge is not guaranteed and is based on the instructor's assessment.

Students must attend the entire class to earn the Metal Lathe badge.

This is an in-person, hands-on class. Partipants will be required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and keep distanced. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or with a recent exposure will be asked to reschedule. Complete guidelines for the space use at this time can be found at



Cancelations will not result in a refund once 72 hours or less from start of class.


Real name: 
Christopher Heun


Instructor Bio: 

Christopher Heun is a husband and a father to three incredible girls. He is a certified Precision Machine Tool Instructor through the State of Connecticut. He has been working in precision manufacturing since 2004. He teaches Precision Machine Tool for Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS formerly CTHSS) and CNC Programming for Naugatuck Valley Community College. He is passionate about all forms of metal working and love to discuss, learn, share and explore the craft. He hopes to one day go back to school for material sciences (metallurgy). He loves to eat tacos and he finds splitting, stacking and burning firewood relaxing.

When capacity of event is full you may join the Waiting List. For online events a link to join the session will be automatically emailed after registration.