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Posted on Adapting metal working lathe for wood turning

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#1 posted 08-04-2017 07:43 AM

One of the worst things for lathes is having a grinder anywhere near the machine, even in the same room. Using a grinder, and dressing wheels causes fine abrasive dust to go everywhere. Check it out for yourself, dress a wheel, then turn off the lights, use a bright narrow beam flashlight, the dust can be seen going everywhere in your shop.
To get around that problem, wipe down the machine before moving the carriage or tail stock, that is, before using a machine, clean it first.
I have worked in machine shops all my life, its often a harsh environment with the grinding welding, burning cutting oil and more, I find my little wood shop much more pleasant.

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