I picked up my new General Maxi Lathe today.
First glitch. I bought it as a floor model. When I brought it home I read through the manual from cover to the French instructions in the centre. When I put it together following the detailed instructions I found the spur spindle did not fit properly. I took it all back down to find out what was wrong. When I got there, I felt a little silly when the sales rep said to take the turning plate off before installing it. Funny, I followed the instructions exactly and when I got home I looked at them again and it definitly showed putting the spur spindle into the place opening, not taking it off. Thing someone needs to do a little editing on their documentation. At least I didn’t feel silly for missing something in the manual.
Now down to some serious stuff, who who would have thought one could make so many wood chips in such a short period of time?!?
Did some experimenting with some wood I had hanging around. Took a piece of square stock and turned it into one big cylinder. Then I parted it in 7 places and created 7 rounded bumps. Took out every other bump to create indents. Smoothed it all out and did a little sanding.
I did all this to test each gouge out and get a feel for what each one can do to a small extent.
Now I have two things to do that make one forget how long I am doing them. Fishing and lathe work. Hmm….
-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.