Welcome to the wiki for the Open Source concrete lathe project.

Almost free machine tools for schools, shops and the Developing World

We show how a good auto mechanic using his regular tools -- along with a good junk pile and sacks of concrete mix -- can make metal lathes and milling machines of almost every size..

Development is now at


Reason? The Make wiki has the option of beautiful PDF output.

Concrete Lathe: Updated Animation from Tyler DIsney on Vimeo.

Note that the Yeomans style lathe head stock shown in the video has been replaced by an easier to build design.

A big change from this 95 year old machine? Not really.

The foreman's top hat is the official project headgear.

Dedicated to Jeffery Lohr and Abubakar “Abu” Abdulai founders of the Moringa School of Trades, Ghana

Pat Delany