Wood lathe build #1: Some crummy pictures of my lathe so far

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Blog entry by Jackdaw posted 07-29-2017 06:17 PM 1543 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So this is the progress so far. I’ve had it running with wood in it and it runs well. I’m working on a tool rest now.

The nut plate on the outside of the tailstock is crooked so that the screw would run freely through both sides. The hole through the tailstock is over-sized which allowed me to adjust it to run true to the spindle. The screw has a T-handle and a jam nut.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 07-30-2017 04:30 PM

Jam nut is a good idea. I recently built a spring pole lathe, and one issue I had is that the screw-feed center backs itself out slowly as I operate the treadle. I basically made a jam nut, but didn’t actually make it adjustable by hand – I tightened it down with pliers, and am just adjusting the whole tailstock with a mallet as needed.

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#2 posted 07-31-2017 11:52 AM

Thanks for your input guys. I actually made some shavings the other day so that was exciting. I hope to finish up the tool rest today. Eventually I may make a hold down bolt for the tailstock but for now I’m going to stay with the big c-clamp. I wouldn’t want to actually finish it!

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