|Review by Bluepine38||posted 1112 days ago||1902 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I mentioned a cross slide rest to Alba thinking it might help him and his “Jolly Rogues” in some way. He asked
me to show some pictures, so here are the pictures and my review, I will do a blog on the rebuild of this
wonderful old machine later. The Cross Slide Rest was originally made by Delta to enable people to do
metalwork on a lathe. I am a 71 year young craftsman with a slightly hard used body, I just did not think
my parts would wear out this quick, so I have a little problem standing at a lathe and keeping the tools as
steady as I did when I was 13 year old freshman in shop class. I love to play in my shop, it is too much fun to
call it work, and using this slide rest with a special ground cobalt tool bit enables me to remove the bulk of the
excess wood from my projects while sitting on a nicely cushioned stool. With a little practice you can operate
both cranks at the same time and get a fairly smooth curve and or slope. The one crank runs the bit
at right angles to the bed of the lathe and the other crank runs the bit parallel to the bed of the lathe. The
slide rest came to me in a big plastic bin with half the pieces missing so the cost was the nuts, bolts, and
hand made parts and a total of about 30 hours of fun putting it together with the help of a manual from
Ozarkwoodworker.com. Delta and Old Woodworking Machines did not have a complete manual. The tool
lets me get my wood to the point where I can finish the project with only a short time standing at the
lathe. This model is not in production any more, but you can find several others with a little research Alba.
Because of its ability to help me continue to do lathe work, I give this 5 stars.
As ever, Gus the 71 year young carpenters apprentice.
-- As ever, Gus-the 74 yr young apprentice carpenter