The first thing was to level the base using blocks and wedges, checking with a carpenters level in both directions, Then weld the headstock securely to the base frame work. That the easy part as the bed assembly is too heavy for to lift by anyone I know. But a chainblock secured to the rafters does the job with one hand.
Fancy jig showing how I got the spindle pointing in the right direction, high tech
Using the tailstock to determine the correct height, no mistakes that way, and using wood blocks to hold the bed at correct height’
That ok for the end nearest the spindle but what about the other end, I then mounted a piece of pipe between the spindle and tailsock, used a level and some high tech jigs for alignment. As I am doing this I am using some thin wood wedges for fine adjustment, Also checking to see if it is level across the bed also. A tap here and a tap there, just tap tap tap till it is right.
Bolt heavy angle to bed plates, clamp to headstock and weld in place.
I was wondering how to support the other end, had planned on pipes at an angle, but I discovered that the piece of steel left over was just the right length, just weld a flat plate to it and match drill holes to the channel iron at end of base, Bolt to base and weld to angle iron that was bolted to the bed.
Then knock out the wood and call it a day. Sand back and admire what now looks like a lathe, It will really bloom next time
Thanks for looking and comments appreciated.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia