Sounds not very fun. Doable yes, but oh man.
Are you jointing AND planing the faces? I would. Then you’re down to what, like 5/8” thick, by 1-1/2? That’s 4 operations per piece, minimum. Then trimming ends, layout, etc? Oof.
But if I were doing this, and trust me, I wouldn’t, I’d work...
If you posted this a month ago I would have sent you a set of ways, but they went to scrap! I held them for four years, hoping for something like this to come up but I’m moving and they’re gone. Sorry.
post a photo of the ways? In an old post I described upsizing the balls. It got me up and...
I parted out two other machines to make a good third machine, and both older machines had 14-1/2 PA steel gears to run the rack. The newer one that I use, may be from the 50s, has the 20 degree PA nylon gear. I had not heard that they used micarta but that makes sense.
I'm sure others may chime in and maybe correct me, but I think the nylon gear will be a 20 degree PA. The earlier machines had steel gears, and were 14-1/2 deg.
does the table look like it matches the machine? if the rack is 14-1/2 and the gear is 20, they wouldn’t mesh the same and...
I’ve never used these guys, but 7/16 nitronic 50 is available, I’d guess it makes an 8’ coil but they’d know.
Navtec I think is the maker of the wire. Good luck
In the sailing world, many sailboat rigs are made from nitronic 50 wire (before the move to carbon rigging). I know a forestay on a 35 ish foot sailboat would be in the 50’ range, that’s small by rigging standards. Maybe try and find a rigging company that does cold heading and they can...
I purchased 7/16-10 and 3/8-10 left hand taps from MPI tools online. I haven’t used them yet, they appear to be decently made, and for around $30 each I expect them to perform like the $30 probably import tool that they are.
New England drawer, I believe they sell them knocked down for shipping. Very good quality, two-ish week turnaround. There are probably other good drawer folks. I can’t make drawers for anything close to what they charge.
I bought the planer from that shop. The guy selling the stuff is a good guy, I am surprised those lathes haven’t sold. Only downside was hauling the machine up a god awful ramp about 3’ high. I was lucky there was a huge fly press in a line with the ramp to rig a chain falls to, and slowly...