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Review by Bluepine38 posted 1334 days ago 2201 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 The Cross Slide Rest was originally made by Delta to enable people to do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 75 yr young apprentice carpenter




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#1 posted 1334 days ago

would love to see/hear more about the process, a quick google only rendered places to buy manuals…looks awesome. i’m nowhere near ur age of wear and tear, but aches are definitely getting to me

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#2 posted 1334 days ago

Gus this is great,
thank you for taking the time to do this.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 1334 days ago

thank´s Gus

Dennis

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#4 posted 1334 days ago

I have seen an article about sit down lathes….the article was about working with disabled vets and one of the manufacturer’s donated a sit down lathe….I have often thought of how nice it would be to sit down at my lathe rather then keep using heat patches, rubs and anti fatigue mats I have to use to keep my back from rebelling. I tried a drafting stool, but a stool is not stable enough for any serious use.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 1334 days ago

Reggiek I don´t know what a draftingstool is
but you shuold try one of those (I call them workingstools) that can be as high as a barstool
and equipt with a cyclingsaddel instead of a seat with a back it has one leg that goes
down to a round plate with some waight in so its nearly all the time rise it self to nutral
when you walk away the meaning of the stool is only to suport you and your back
becourse your leg is the last two legs on a threeleged stool what I meen is you half sit half stand
and I have used one of those before and cuold work like I was standing with out troubble

sorry Gus not trying to hijack
I´m of again

take care
Dennis

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#6 posted 1333 days ago

Dennis, thank you for the idea, I happen to ride both a mountain bike, for all the gnarly trails we have around
Missoula, and a touring bike for road use. I just happen to have some spare seats and parts (the bikes wore
out for some strange reason, no 10,000 mile guarantee) and I will try to build the seat you mentioned. When
you said round plate, it sounded like you meant round in rocking chair sense so the seat could move back
and forth and from side to side. They had something similar for a musician drum players throne or seat that
was supposed to help those with back problems. No hijacking involved, just a wonderful sharing of ideas, anyone
else please contribute also.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 1333 days ago

Chris, if you go to www.grizzly.com and the go to coumpound slide table, or use the same reference on Ebay
you will find the compound slide rests, the tool holders and cutting tools are extra as well as the mounting
brackets for the lathe. I bought the cobalt cutting tools because that is what my son has in stock, he
manages an industrial supply store and give me a slight discount since I worked there for a short time. One
problem with the metal rests, is they do not have a long enough travel for my usage, so I have built and
extension mount to give me extra reach. I guess I will have to quit procrastinating and do the rebuild blog.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 1333 days ago

Gus, cold weather got my tongue.

I was just thinking with this set up and bowl savers you would have the precision to do nests of bowls.
They are great fun to make, less shavings plus more for your Buck.

Jamie
I’m off to look out drawings.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 1333 days ago

Gus
yes the foot was round and allso shaped little like a rocker
and the behave of the stool was like the small dollthing that
when you pushed them down the always rise straight up and rock a little

there are allso some three legged versions
I will see if I can dig some pictures up somewhere on the net

Dennis

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#10 posted 1333 days ago

hello Gus and others

here is two links that might can have intress about the isue stand stools
thow I admit it isn´t queit what I had in mind becourse they seems to have changed the foot
but they can maybee give ideas to you

the first one its a saddelstool type

http://www.ergolift.dk/shop/templates/group.aspx?n=Sadelstol&GroupGuid=445

the second is about some standingstooltypes
http://www.ergolift.dk/shop/templates/group.aspx?n=St%c3%a5st%c3%b8ttestol&GroupGuid=1910

I will see If I can dig upthe one I talked about

take care
Dennis

Edit : this one more and I think this is pretty close to it except the hight for me (after all I´m nearly 2 meter)

http://www.hmi-basen.dk/r11x.asp?linkinfo=28169

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