The ability to work with something new is only as good as the instructions provided or the knowledge relayed by experience. This is certainly the case for a CNC lathe that was purchased and installed in 1994 at the State University College at Buffalo. After installation, it was not immediately possible to start the machine and perform machining operations without some difficulty. The ST/8 Rhino Robotics CNC lathe is a small unit that should allow practice in programming in a relatively safe environment, and should not take an exorbitant amount of time to accomplish any minor task. This paper describes a project that produced a user friendly manual that any student can follow and use successfully.