Three Keys to Success

Rudy Kouhoupt was a prolific home shop machinist, teacher, and model engine builder. He made several how-to videos related to machining. One of these videos I highly recommend is Fundamentals of Machine Lathe Operation. It can also be rented at smartflix. Rudy sets the framework for this lesson by establishing three principals to follow when using a lathe.

  1. Work must be securely fixed and rigid

  2. Correct RPM for both Material and Size of work

  3. Cutting tool must be sharp and properly presented to the work