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 new book shows you how to make full use of your lathe safely and effectively in your workshop. Topics covered include: a guide to choosing a lathe looking at different sizes and features available; advice on installing and maintaining a lathe, selecting and sharpening tools, and working with chucks, and finally, instruction is given on a range of techniques ranging from how to hold work in a collet through to cutting a screw thread.