The Matt Mini-Lathe is a versatile hand-held tool, designed to turn rods of carving wax into bands, bezels, special settings, coin holders, chess pieces, etc. The lathe is made to be powered by a flex shaft with a 1" (25mm) diameter handpiece such as a Foredom #30 (not included).
The kit includes the Matt Mini-Lathe, precision gauge, three wax-holding collets, one cutting tool installed in the lathe, two extra cutting tool blanks for custom shaping, a set of three hand tool blades (each with pre-shaped ends for getting started on the projects, three rods of wax, and a 32-page instruction booklet featuring step-by-step projects.
(Replacement wax-holding collets and are also available.)
The Turning Operation:
The kit provides rods of wax in three different diameters. Each rod is made with a centered hole in one end into which the wax holding collet is placed.
The holding collet is heated on the flame of an alcohol lamp or Bunsen burner then pushed into the wax rod until the flat, round surface is in complete contact with the wax. A small amount of wax is allowed to flow evenly over the edge of the collet. After cooling, the wax rod is ready for use with the lathe. This operation can be made easier with the use of the Matt Centering Tool (see "Related Products" below).
After attaching the wax rod to the hand piece, the turning is accomplished by sliding the cutting tool against the spinning rod. The same cutting tool is used to turn the rod in the outside, in the front, as well as to make and enlarge the center hole or finger size.
The great potential and versatility of the Matt Mini-Lathe enables the operator to inexpensively create ladies and mens bands, half-round bands for channel setting, bezels, coin settings and more!
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