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Old 08-24-2017, 01:45 AM   #11
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Good luck with it. I've found that there is no better way to get to know your machine than to tear into it with repairs/improvements.


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Thank you! Tearing into stuff is a great stress reliever for me.


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Same here. It took me six months to go through my lathe before I was satisfied. Now I know every bolt, nut, gear and bearing in the entire machine.
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:18 PM   #14
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Ok, finally figured out the cause of the wobble and it was starring at me right in the face. 2 of the bolts on the chuck were just a tad slanted and therefore the chuck is mounted on the faceplate with a very small offset. I enlarged the mounting holes on the faceplate slightly and remounted the chuck. To try to get it mated right, I used a piston ring compressor wrapped around the faceplate and chuck while tightening down the nuts.

Now the indicator needle just sits at 0 and trembles as I rotate the chuck with no discernible fluctuations. It's about as true as it is going to get I think. As a test, I turned down a 1/4" aluminum rod and I'm going to take it to my buddy's machine shop and have him check it with his high end instruments.
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Awesome! Always a good thing when it's something simple.
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:23 PM   #16
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Now I'm looking through the web for simple beginner lathe projects.
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My first project was a couple of drill and tap guides. 3/8 and 1/2 diameter. Pretty easy to make.
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Think I'm gonna make a simple manifold for my compressor. I need one anyways, getting tired of having to switch air hoses between the blasting cabinet and air gun.
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Think I'm gonna make a simple manifold for my compressor. I need one anyways, getting tired of having to switch air hoses between the blasting cabinet and air gun.
Making something that is actually useful. That's something not often mentioned here. Face it, this forum is essentially dedicated to complex and expensive toys.

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Hope you fellow Houston guys are weathering the storm well. So far, all is well at the casa Bettell.


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