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Jet 1236 tool rest question... (Read 571 times)
 
junior
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Jet 1236 tool rest question...
Oct 15th, 2005 at 10:44pm
 
Today, as you all know, i watched a bowl turning demo. I noticed something very very cool about the tool rest.


The guy was using a brand new jet lathe, i think it was like a 1442 or something like that...


anyway, when he moved the tool rest holder (i think it's called a banjo???) when he released the lever, it would move freely on the lathe back and forth, as well as side to side... is that a normal thing? or too new for the 5 year old lathe i am getting???
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Re: Jet 1236 tool rest question...
Reply #1 - Oct 15th, 2005 at 11:08pm
 
Yes Junior it is very normal. The banjo needs to be easily adjustable.  When you get yours, take a look at it and you'll see that it is falt bottomed to slide on the bed rails and will actually be anchored by a single screw clamp that will hold it in place.  Once you start turning you will see why this flexibility is needed.
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Reply #2 - Oct 16th, 2005 at 2:54am
 
junior - Once you start using your lathe it is going to require some regular maintenence. Not to worry , just small stuff. Sap from certain woods damp wood dust and rust even, from turning wet wood will collect on the bed and under the banjo and the tailstock. When needed take the tailstock and the banjo of the lathe bed. Spray the bed down with WD-40 and then rub it down with fine steel wool. Wipe it clean with a paper towel. Do the bottom of the banjo and the bottom of the tail stock too. With that done you should be able to move them around easily with one hand. Take the rest out of the banjo and clean up any gunk and rust that may have built up on on the shaft. If your tool rest is held in place with a bolt against the side of the shaft, it  may need to be lightly filed to remove any burrs raised by the bolt. While you have the tool rest out of the banjo check the top of it where the tool rides. Any dings and gouges should be filed out with a smooth cut file. Remember to file the whole length of the rest to keep it flat and even. After you have filed the rest give a quick rub with fine steel wool and WD-40. When turning, give the top of the rest a quick rub with some parafin wax once in a while. Get the kind the grocery store sells for canning food. Now your tools should move easily across the rest. You may also have top clean the locking mechinisms on the banjo and the tail stock once in while. Make some quick checks of these things  before and after your turning session and correct them if needed and your turning will go much smoother.
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Reply #3 - Oct 16th, 2005 at 5:04am
 
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