This hand-book forms the second of a Series of handy books for handicrafts. Some of the matter and illustra tions may be identified as having been taken from various technical periodicals to which they were originally contributed by me. A few of the items originated from other sources, but have been rewritten for publication in this hand-book. The lathe, which is claimed to be the creator of mechanism, is a machine in which all mechanics should be interested. A knowledge of the art of turning finds useful application in all the mechanical arts. Not only is a large proportion of the community employed in these arts, but individuals interest themselves in their practice, as affording pleasurable and profitable recreation. Turnery occupies many workmen, and has special claims on amateurs. If this handybook tends to promote this fascinating and useful art my object will be attained.