Monday, May 30, 2016

A New Adventure Begins

Yesterday, with my wife's encouragement, I purchased a used Taig Micro Lathe II.  This was not my original plan at all, even though I wanted a Taig.

Originally I planned to buy the Taig Micro Lathe with the most basic setup, and gradually add new accessories as needed.  In fact, I already bought the AC motor, as well as a variable speed DC motor that I took out from a treadmill, and was ready to order the Taig when I found this used one in the local buy & sell, with many accessories, including both a 3-jaw and 4-jaw chuck, milling attachment with optional vice, set of collets, a few tool posts and some tool bits already included in my wish list, for hundreds of dollars less than new.  The only thing I was hoping to have included were some end-mill cutters, but that's not a big deal.

The whole setup is very small.  All fits on a small table and does not take up a lot of space.

I am really excited.  It has been my dream to own a machine that I can actually use to make stuff, instead of most tools that I use to fix stuff.  Now all I need is to find a place to buy some metal stock so that I can start learning.  It will probably take me months to get reasonably good at this but I have so many broken/badly converted lenses that I can practice with :)

On with the new adventure!  I will keep everyone posted on the progress with (hopefully) regular blog updates.

Taig Micro Lathe II

14 comments:

  1. Yu-Lin Chan, Lens Master, is there any I can send you a personal message or e-mail and ask for some advice on anamorphic lenses? I'm moving my photography me and more into cinematic territory. I read your old post about anamorphic, I understand the concept but I've never seen or used one. Also, the adapters won't be easy to find here in Brazil, so I would be very glad if you could share some advice. Here is my Instagram portfolio, in case it helps you decide whether or not it's worth your time... @irineucarlos . Many thanks, and many many thanks for all the articles!

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    1. Carlos, you can email me at yulinchan@gmail.com. However, I do not have any experience with anamorphic lenses. I do have a humongous ISCO 2x anamorphic lens which I never used.

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  2. Congrats, my friend!
    Have a lot of fun with your new toy ... err ... investment :-)

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    1. Thanks Mike! Investment is the right word :) Invest in knowledge, or quest for knowledge :)

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  3. well well well ... looking fwd to seeing what you can do with this little baby!

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    1. I am hoping I can get really good at it :)

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  4. I'm jealous!!!

    Have fun. Looking forward to what "turns" out.
    I was thinking of possibly taking a class. Will have to see if there are any in Community.

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    1. Haha. I think Youtube has very good videos on the basics, but at the end, you will still have to do it yourself :)

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  5. Hi I would like to buy me too.... but i've not the space...

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  6. congratulations! am sure you'll be good at using the lathe. regards also to your supportive wife about buying new toys. enjoy!

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  7. congratulations! am sure you'll be good at using the lathe. regards also to your supportive wife about buying new toys. enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Emmanuel! I am learning and it's going well. Still waiting for many accessories to arrive (very small tap/drill bits, etc). I am blessed that my wife supports my hobby. It makes a world of difference.

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