Shop Notes #8: New Lathe

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Blog entry by Steve posted 02-16-2018 04:41 PM 873 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I eagerly awaited this lathe, tracking it daily as it made its way across the country. When it got here, I realized that it was far too heavy to lift onto the stand myself.

My shop hoist was tucked away behind a vintage Thunderbird that hadn’t been started for a while, so the setup for the lathe took a back seat to auto repairs for a day or so. (But that’s the topic of a totally different blog.)

Once the hoist was free, I used to to move the old lathe bed off the stand and lift the new one up. Even with the lift, the process was a little sketchy—there were no good lift points, so without a steadying hand, it wanted to flip over on itself. Thus, no photos of the lift in process.

Getting the factory grease off was a little unpleasant. They recommend “any petroleum-based solvent” for the job, so I used acetone, which was efficient. It also eats into the paint, though, unless you’re careful. The only real assembly was installing the motor to the headstock. It took me a couple of tries, as the instructions are not terribly clear on which bolt goes where. Once everything was together, it ran smooth and quiet.

I haven’t done any turning yet. As it turns out, the threads on the headstock don’t match those on my chuck, even though both are Nova products. I ended up having to order a new adapter. I expect to be turning a few test pieces early next week.

-- ~Steve

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#1 posted 02-17-2018 12:01 PM

That’s A nice lathe, I imagine you have a 1”×8 thread on your chuck and a 1 1/4”×8 on the lathe. They also make adapters for the lathe so if you have a bunch of faceplates also, any woodturning catalog sells them.

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