Help Spread the Word About Our gofundme Andy Motter Lathe Conversion

Complete gofundme details:

I’m David, the woodworking resource manager for the Manchester Makerspace.

The woodshop has acquired an old pattern makers lathe (formally owned by Andy Motter) that we are in the process of updating. This lathe is built entirely out of cast iron. It’s substantial bulk and solidly built headstock and ways will make it a great lathe for bowl turning.

We need to raise funds to support this conversion. The funds will be used for (in order of need and importance)

$260 – VFD and Motor, modern variable speed drive
$140 – Drive train parts, pulleys, shaft, bearings
$400 – Banjo, Tool rest, Face plate, chuck etc

The immediate need is for the drive. Any funds raised after that will be used to outfit the lathe for use.

Andy Motter was well known and generous woodturner / teacher. He would be thrilled to see this lathe back in action and being used by the community.

This lathe is sure to be a proud addition to our shop and a conversation started for years to come.

Help us give this old (1870s!) lathe yet another new life.

If you want to see what we are up to come visit an open house event, every Monday from 6PM-8PM at 36 Old Granite Street!


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Help Us Achieve Our gofundme Goal to Purchase Welding Safety Gear

In response to receiving a Millermatic 180 MIG welder and consumables, Manchester Makerspace now needs a work surface and safety equipment in order for members to begin training and using this tool. We’ve set up a gofundme page to help us raise the funds to reach this goal.

Intended Outcome
Build a 3’x4’ welding bench for general welding work, and purchase enough safety gear for two welders to work at a time (safety training requires an instructor and student to view the weld simultaneously). Work surface height should be 35” to accommodate as many people as possible, with 4” of height adjustment.

After the welding workstation is complete, we will be able to provide monthly safety training to any two active Manchester Makerspace members on the first Saturday of every month.

The success of this gofundme will greatly empower our safety training at Manchester Makerspace!

Complete details including list of equipment/gear needed and how to donate at: