How a lathe works and the difference between analogue dials and digital readouts

Deep inside his “man cave” Adam Savage demonstrates to Will from 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.

Simple lathe cutting and deburring

In this video Adam Savage takes us and Norm from 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.