Well I decided to goto a workshop in my town and make some parts for my PC as I have alot of burnt out chips inside the big black beast. So here is a picture of me playing around with the lathe
The Chuck holds the material in place and it spins from 50 revs a min to 1020 revs a min. A full turn of a chuck is equal to 1 rev.
I slowly put a freshly sharpened metal in a vice witch you turn towards to uncut material to make a nice smooth cut. If you are making something important you can not be 1mm out of spec. So if you over cut it or under cut it you'r utterly fucked.
When you cut into a peace of material .eg a chunk of metal you will ALWAYS need some solvent aka some liquid to cool down the friction between the 2 metals.
Also its a good idea to wear some safety boots... The ones with some nice steel toecaps. You can guess why.
Here is a good quick video of me recording my mate do some work on one.
If anyone can guess what I was making for my PC I will give you a hug