So i have been trolling around here but was unsure of what to post, and basically had a lathe sitting with no tooling to work on anything. I got a steal on this grizzly mini lathe,but found the three inch chuck was worthless. A quick call to little machine shop got me a 5 inch chuck, qctp, and some basic tooling coming. After a long day working on a subaru( my real job) i had inspiration for my first project. I built a cam seal installer for the ej series engines subaru has used for years. I measured the cam diameter of the car on my lift at work, and once I got home I got my new lathe parts installed and got to cutting. Center drilled a piece of aluminum and then opened it up to size with a boring bar. What a slow process compared to the old south bend I got to use back in high school. After getting my piece bored to the correct diameter, i parted it off. Yet another process that took way longer than expected. All in all not a bad way to start my machining experience.