|Project by Bob A in NJ||posted 10-26-2009 03:18 PM||3909 views||6 times favorited||9 comments|
With the new lathe comes the need for a new tool rest. The Nova has a heavy duty angled tool rest vs the Jet mini lathe round tool bar. The upside down angle iron did sit flat on the Nova tool rest and it was shaking a lot. Simple solution, I attached a hose clamp to the angle iron and tool rest and it worked great. The other improvement was to fit the wood banjo directly to the ways. The set up takes 2-3 miuntes to attach but makes the 40 minutes of turning very easy from there.
The next problem was moving the lathe tools across the tool rest. The action was not smooth. Another quick fix was needed. Took a mill file, filed the top of the angle iron smooth for a minute, waxed it with Johnsons paste wax and BAM, now the tools slide across the rest like butter.
I’m starting to get the hang of the bats now. With a full size Louisville Slugger to use as a template, the bats are looking better each time.
By the way, these blanks are from www.gonebattybats.net. Nice Ash billets for very reasonable prices.
Now that the World Series is on and my nephews I’m building these for are either in New York or Philadelphia, it shouild be easy to get some decals to decorate them. The Yankee nephews with get ALCS decals and the Phillies nephews will get the World Series Championship decals. Can you guess who I want to win the series?
Any other predictions?
Bob A Oct 26th 2009
-- Bob A in NJ