|Forum topic by harveysoriginals||posted 05-04-2014 10:57 PM||1867 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
05-04-2014 10:57 PM
First time posting on here with any questions but I see from reading a lot of the other threads that there is no shortage of help on here.
I have a Central Machinery lathe that I have had for quite a while now. The initial set up right out of the box was very good and everything lined up well.
I had to swivel the headstock recently to turn a larger bowl. First time I have had to do that. Well, returning the machine to its previous accurate alignment between centers has become my new challenge.
I have read many postings about it and after struggling for a few days now, I “think” the only way to get it back close enough to please me is to put a double morse taper between the stocks.
For most of my stuff, it doesn’t matter as I mostly turn bowls, bracelets, stuff that doesn’t require that alignment. BUT, I got involved with the Freedom Pen Project out at Redstone Arsenal, AL and purchased a mandrel and mandrel saver to be able to turn pens for them while at home. That’s when I discovered the misalignment. It was really bad when I started but I do have it close now, but not good.
I did go ahead and turn a few pens on it to see if all would work ok and it does, but, that little bit of misalignment is wearing a groove around the mandrel where it contacts the saver. That’s not good.
So, I have been searching for a double 2MT to put between the stocks so I can line it up and tighten it down.
I am seeking suggestions here. If anyone can tell me a way to decently line up this 34706 12X36 lathe, I will definitely give it a try or if you can suggest a dependable place to purchase the morse taper, I would definitely appreciate it a lot!
-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey