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Milling Machine & Metal Lathe

The tools and techniques he uses to create are actually part of Kevin Caron's art.

In 2011, he added a used milling machine and a used lathe to his tool arsenal. The hand-cranked milling machine hails from the 1970s, the lathe from the 1940s - the paint on the latter is "War issue."

Kevin not only uses these tools for creating parts for his sculptures, he also uses them to create art, such as Keep Your Words Short and Sweet in Case You Have to Eat Them, which he used the mill to carve from a solid block of aluminum.

Enjoy these how-to videos in which Kevin uses his mill or lathe ....

How to Drill Large Holes With a Mill - and Why It's Better Than Using a Drill Press
How to Drill Large Holes With a Mill - and Why It's Better Than Using a Drill Press
Sep 16, 2015
Kevin is making a commissioned fountain and needs to cut a 3" hole in the center of the water featur... read more

How to Use a Milling Machine
How to Use a Milling Machine
Jun 17, 2015
Eddie and Stacy, who are visiting from Prescott, were curious about the mill, or milling machine, so... read more

What Is Lathe Tooling and How Do You Use It?
What Is Lathe Tooling and How Do You Use It?
Jun 09, 2015
Some viewers had asked Kevin to talk more about the metal lathe and tooling.

What is tooling for ... read more

How to Use a Metal Lathe
How to Use a Metal Lathe
May 27, 2015
A viewer had asked Kevin for basic information about his lathe so he knows where to start.

Kevin ... read more

How to Create a Sculpture, Part 11: Adding the Last Panels
How to Create a Sculpture, Part 11: Adding the Last Panels
Aug 08, 2012
After seven months of work, Kevin is putting the last panels on his 9-foot-tall outdoor sculpture Wh... read more

How to Tap a Hole in Metal Using a Mill
How to Tap a Hole in Metal Using a Mill
May 09, 2012
Kevin decides to use his mill to tap a hole in an aluminum plate that he will weld to the top of his... read more

How to Make a Brass Container on a Metal Lathe
How to Make a Brass Container on a Metal Lathe
Sep 14, 2011
Kevin shows how to make a brass container and its top on a metal lathe and talks about working with ... read more

How to Get a Smooth Finish on a Metal Lathe
How to Get a Smooth Finish on a Metal Lathe
Jun 22, 2011
Kevin - and a wine-drinking mystery guest - use a special sandpaper to get a smooth finish on the a... read more

Machining Tools: Using a Collet in a Mill
Machining Tools: Using a Collet in a Mill
May 25, 2011
Kevin explains why collets work better than chucks in a mill and shows how to use them.... read more

Picking a Chuck for Your Metal Lathe
Picking a Chuck for Your Metal Lathe
May 18, 2011
While making an aluminum goblet on his metal lathe, Kevin decides which of two chucks to use. He cha... read more

How to Use a Metal Lathe
How to Use a Metal Lathe
Apr 06, 2011
Kevin changes the carbide-tipped cutter on his metal lathe so he can work on an aluminum bowl.... read more

A Mill and a Lathe: New Challenges in an Artist's Studio
A Mill and a Lathe: New Challenges in an Artist's Studio
Mar 14, 2011
Kevin adds two new tools to his studio. The mill and lathe may affect the scale and focus of his wor... read more