Why go to the store and buy ready made knobs for your drawers or doors when you can make them yourself and design their shape into something completely unique?
What if you want to make a cylinder shaped wood piece like a dowel, but all you have is square wood? You could put some serious elbow grease into it, using knifes, planes or sanding paper and get a pretty decent result. Of course, it would be a simple task if you have a lathe, but what if the only machines you have is a table saw and a drill? John Heisz knows how to make this happen! Just watch this video and marvel about what can be accomplished if you think “out of the box”. However, remember that table saws are extremely dangerous machines, so be extremely careful when trying out this trick!
Deep inside his “man cave” Adam Savage demonstrates to Will from Tested.com one of his favorite machines, and old manual metal lathe. We get to see a quick and basic explanation of what a lathe does, why safety around it is paramount and last but not least, how Adam upgraded the old analogue dials and scales to a more modern digital readout.
In this video Adam Savage takes us and Norm from Tested.com along on a simple but educational project: Cutting of a bit of the back on his metal pocket flashlight. If you have never seen a lathe before, this is the perfect video to start with. Apart from lathe the flash light shorter, Adam also talks about the importance of coolant liquid and demonstrates how to deburr and how not to deburr.