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Stephen Miracle
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Re: Starter lathe and bench
Reply #15 - Dec 18th, 2014 at 10:00pm
 
I started on a Craftsman
lathe just like this one. As a mater of fact I still have it. It has the copy crafter attachment on it. Real handy if you break a spindle on a chair, or anything that you want to make duplicates of.  Wink
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Re: Starter lathe and bench
Reply #16 - Dec 22nd, 2014 at 12:06am
 

Nice job on the lathe -- better than new!!!

I had the two tube version for a while --   

The end mill with brass screws is not unreasonable -- soft brass or bronze cuts easier than some woods. 

The files have stress lines at the valleys for the teeth and being hardened -- impact can be messy.  Impacts (catches) are pretty common with new turners and happen to all turners. 

The stress lines are below the surface of the teeth - so they do not make good springs even if ground down. 

Lathe filing on the other hand, is a long standing safe technique for wood or metals.



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Re: Starter lathe and bench
Reply #17 - Jan 14th, 2015 at 2:17am
 
That's what i"m using right now. You don't worry at all about getting wrapped up in that belt? Mine has a cover over the belt and pulleys. Someday soon I'm gonna move up to a good lathe.
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Reply #18 - Jan 15th, 2015 at 4:40pm
 
Yeah, Steven, that open belt bothers me too. When I bought the lathe the cover was long gone. What I'm doing for now is making sure that I'm not wearing a long-sleeved shirt with dangling half-rolled-up sleeves. If I keep this lathe long enough, I'll probably make a shroud for the belt that just sits on the bench and covers the pulleys and the belt path. Maybe laminate it out of some thin stock to look something like the original cover.

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Re: Starter lathe and bench
Reply #19 - Jan 15th, 2015 at 7:07pm
 
Yes that could look very good. be careful
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Re: Starter lathe and bench
Reply #20 - Jan 15th, 2015 at 11:44pm
 
Tom Dacon wrote on Oct 10th, 2014 at 12:52pm:
Well, I might end up doing that too, Walt, if it turns out to do everything I want to do on a lathe. For now that'd be just spindles and small faceplate work, which it ought to do pretty well. I know it's not very rigid, but I've at least tuned out most of the vibration and it runs pretty smooth.

Here's another pic.

Tom


Shop is very neat, nice setup on the Lathe. Please figure out a cover on that belt. A loose sleeve, might mean big trouble.
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