I don't dispute that, in fact it sorta supports my position. People spend far more time building their model engines than it would take to build a lathe.I am one of the guys discouraging home lathe construction.
The typical hobbyist on these forums likely operates his lathe in excess of 100 hours, for every hour of respective model engine run-time.
Well this is highly debatable and depends upon many factors including just how the lathe is designed.
Point being - unless one can properly harden & grind the ways, the lathe is going to have a short working life even a small bench-top lathe. . . .
If one acknowledges this reality then they are apparently going into the project with open eyes. If so why not?Personally : I think the real issue here is time. If someone wants to spend the time to build a lathe it can be done . But with a little shopping one can find a suitable lathe for a few hundred dollars . can a lathe be built cheaper than buying one maybe maybe not . add the labor value doubfull.
Exactly! I would not suggest a DIY lathe is a good idea for everybody, but if your interests lay in that area and you understand the realities, I say have a good time. Considering how many tools and fixtures get built to support a hobbyist shop, a lathe shouldn't be looked upon as excessive. Especially in the smaller sizes.but like I said earlier if that is the branch of home engineering you choose why not we build engines for fun why not a lathe.