A practical guide to an essential tool, for aspiring and experienced engineers, modelmakers, and horologists The lathe is an essential tool for all but the most basic of workshops. It enables the engineer to produce turned components to a high degree of accuracy. Often called the king of machine tools, it is also very versatile and can be used to make a wide range of engineering components. This guide shows you how to make full use of your lathe safely and effectively in your workshop. It explains how to choose a lathe, looking at different sizes and features available, and offers advice on installing and maintaining a lathe, selecting and sharpening tools, and working with chucks. A range of techniques are discussed, from how to hold work in a collet to cutting a screw thread.