Hi everyone, I was too busy the last couple of weeks to post an update, but here it is, small one though:
Added a little handle to the hand wheel to ease the tailstock spindle adjustments.
1.- A live center my friend with a metal lathe made for me, works great but I lost 1” between points so right now it is 17”, I guess I wont miss it anyway.
2.- The only thing I had at hand to use as a lathe tool was a 1/2” chisel, I know, I know… I’ll get proper tools later. It worked fine though :).
I went to youtube to watch some lathe tutorials before starting the tests of course.
3.- the lathe doing his thing.
4.- Final result, as you can see I used the first scrap wood I found, and missed the center on both sides a little :D
Later I turned a dowel to measure the spindle runout with more accuracy, previous eye measuring showed 0.5 mm, digital caliper showed 0.4mm(almost 1/64”) runout.
I think I’ll pay for a proper made spindle to get rid of the runout, and I’m thinking to go with shopsmith machines method (5/8” spindle too) to attach accessories instead of the thread, should be easier to keep the accuracy while changing plates and all.
Something like this:
What do you think?
Lathe turning is so fun and I’m glad I did it! I’ll show the finished lathe in the next update and final chapter of this blog, it’s been a great journey so far.
-- Learning one thing at a time