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01-30-2010 09:34 PM

Ok everybody here comes a stupid question (you can laugh because I cant see you). I have a Jet 1442 lathe. I have read the instructions I have watched you tube and I cant see anything about the headstock and tailstock being tightened. Please help I don’t want my first experience on this lathe to be the same as the last one, the tool got caught in between the turning wood and the tool rest, I got such a fright that I packed everything away and haven’t done anything since. I didn’t tell anyone which was silly. Pictures will help. Thanks

-- When you know better you do better.

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 09:39 PM

i dont think that a stupid question i cant answer it though LOL..

as for accidents they happen and anyone tell you different is a lier but it is like riding a horse you need to get straight back on her and give it another go
good luck with the beast i need to sort my lathe out soon then we can compere projects

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 09:44 PM

Do you mean HOW to tighten them or SHOULD you tighten them?

If you mean HOW: There is a black lever, a 8 to 10 inch metal lever, round, black. There is one on the head stock and tail stock. When it is loose the stocks will move fairly easily. To stop this you need to push the lever and tighten it. You will be able to tell when it is tight. Make sure it is snug, very snug.

SHOULD YOU?: Absolutely. NEVER turn using them without them being tightened.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 10:01 PM

Sounds like Padre answered your question. So what are you gonna make????

-- Janice

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 10:31 PM

If you need a little more leverage to tighten ot loosen them, slide a piece of pipe over the lever. If yoiu double it’s length, you will be twice as strong.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 10:56 PM

Cher, there should only be about 1/8” between the tool rest and the wood. The shorter the distance, the less chance there is of the tool being pulled into the gap. Also, you should approach the turning wood with the handle of the tool very low, so that the bevel of the cutter touches the wood first…..not the cutting edge. Then slowly raise the handle until the cutting edge contacts the wood.

Now I am thinking maybe your question is how much pressure should you put on the workpiece when you tighten the tailstock against it? Enough to hold it firmly in place, but not as tight as if you were clamping something in a vise.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 11:20 PM

Padre thanks. I gathered that they should be tightened I just didnt know how, it is late here now but I will look tomorrow morning, at this point I am just a little weary this is a big boy and when I start working on it I will be all alone so I wont have anyone here to come and save me should I do or forget something, so please bear with me I want this experience to be a happy and exciting one, so should I have any more questions replies will be welcome.
Janice I just want to practice before I get to some serious stuff I still have the bedroom suite to finish I like variety it makes the jobs interesting if I work on a job too long I find I get bored with it if it isnt progressing. I will keep you up to date. TopamaxSurvivor I dont want to go too far with tightening with pipes, Im tough I have already broken a vice and some of my clamps because I went overboard tightening. I will let you know.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 11:28 PM

my god woman ,

do you wrestle rhinos for practice ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 01-30-2010 11:29 PM

Charlie, first Im going to check all the bells and whistles then I am going switch the machine on and duck for cover if nothing comes flying my way then I have made one small step. So watch this space I want to be confident that everything is working right. I have done a lot of reading and youtube watching I just have to put it into practice…...... lets see what happens, dont go too far in case there is another ‘stupid question’ at least I am only stupid for 5 minutes. Thanks much appreciated to all.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#9 posted 01-30-2010 11:32 PM

Hey David I was almost on my way to bed, then you come out with the funnies, I can hold my own, we got lions roaming our streets

-- When you know better you do better.

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 02:27 AM

Cher, you sound like you may be frightened by your lathe. Some caution is good, these machines can hurt you if you are not careful. Lathe work in my view is the most fun, most rewarding you can have in the shop. Before you start, check a few things. Run the tailstock right against the headstock. they should line up exactly. Check for the correct speed for your stock. Set the toolrest as close as possible to the workpiece, from 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Tighten all adjustors snugly, but don’t overtighten. Turn the workpiece one full turn with the power off to check for clearence. Wear a fullface shield and never wear gloves. Step to the side and turn on the lathe. Always keep your tool on the toolrest before contacting the wood.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#11 posted 01-31-2010 02:47 AM

Cher you’re gettin” good advice here, but I would say to NOT wear any loose clothing. Also, If you have long hair put it up. A lathe like any other woodworking machine has no conscious!!! Safety first! Good luck.

PS: There are no stupid questions

-- Rick

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#12 posted 01-31-2010 03:12 AM

I think you got the answers now go for it and good luck
I´m looking forward to see your projects


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#13 posted 01-31-2010 05:09 AM

Cher, Don’t be afraid of it treat it with respect and common sense and you will soon be as addicted as all turners. Set the speed low and make shallow cuts. you might want to check out they have more information than anyone can possible use. I am far from an expert but do have and use a big lathe.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#14 posted 01-31-2010 10:34 PM

Folks can we start over, I have made a mistake I meant, do the headstock and tailstock spindles get locked if so how? Please be patient with me, I am now more than ever determined to get this right. I promise I will be a good student and follow your instructions to a tee. I hope I got the names of the parts right this time.
Mario, is there anything else we want to know?

-- When you know better you do better.

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#15 posted 01-31-2010 11:18 PM

Cher, if I understand your question…. The tailstock always rotates freely, but the headstock turns with the motor. If you are using the morse taper spindle in the headstock, it is held in place by friction only.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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