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  1. pretty much done, only need to make a bunch of...

    pretty much done, only need to make a bunch of tool holders to start using it

    all put together
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    back splash made
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    running
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  2. readout 321550 It's nothing fancy, but it'll...

    readout
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    It's nothing fancy, but it'll serve my purposes just fine. Cost $220 for a 0.005mm res carriage scale, 0.001mm res slim cross slide scale, the readout and delivery. I'll be getting...
  3. alright, DRO is done! What a faff that was, more...

    alright, DRO is done! What a faff that was, more drilling, tapping and head scratching than I care to remember.

    Had to cut the cross slide scale due to some mixed up communication, but that went...
  4. very true! I walked mine over to the bench on its...

    very true! I walked mine over to the bench on its end and then carefully lifted the other end onto the bench. Then sat down on the couch and drank a cup of coffee to recover :) We might be moving in...
  5. hit a bit of a milestone - got the bed on the...

    hit a bit of a milestone - got the bed on the bench! Boy this thing is heavy. Cleaned the ways and stoned down the odd burr, then cleaned the rack, which was tedious and unpleasant.
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    next...
  6. thanks! I never throw anything useful away,...

    thanks! I never throw anything useful away, though I did have to buy a 100k pot and the 2 main switches. The dial came from some piece of scientific equipment a college where I worked was scrapping....
  7. good point, I have done that a few times on large...

    good point, I have done that a few times on large facing cuts to avoid chatter on the outer part and get a good finish towards the center.

    alright, all finished.

    Changed the sketch to reduce...
  8. Thnks! I love variable speed - it's not quite as...

    Thnks! I love variable speed - it's not quite as awesome on a lathe as it is on a mill, but it's still something that makes a big difference
  9. alright, drive is (mostly) complete, phew! ...

    alright, drive is (mostly) complete, phew!

    Control box made and stuck up on top of the headstock. It's bigger than I would have wanted but back gear handle and other stuff is still accessible....
  10. ​a very VERY big thanks to George Bulliss for his...

    ​a very VERY big thanks to George Bulliss for his help with this - it would have been considerably harder without the help file and sketch.

    Got the treadmill motor running with an MC2100 drive and...
  11. handle is done. First attempt at offset turning...

    handle is done. First attempt at offset turning with the tailstock. Came out ok, though the finish was crappy in places (hence the polish job).
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  12. trundling along.. Currently making the belt...

    trundling along..

    Currently making the belt tensioner, working from the motor/ countershaft plate back towards the headstock. I have everything lined up on my bench so I can more or less eyeball...
  13. my motor's definitely lighter than 40lb :) I'm...

    my motor's definitely lighter than 40lb :)

    I'm currently working through the pieces of the belt tensioner and the current plan is to use the threaded hole for the bull gear cover and tap a 2nd...
  14. milled the adjusting slots for the motor plate...

    milled the adjusting slots for the motor plate and a recess for the tach pickup
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    drilled and tapped the holes to mount the motor drive. This is what it'll look like assembled:
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  15. thanks! It's coming along nicely. Lack of motor...

    thanks! It's coming along nicely. Lack of motor and countershaft was one of the reasons I got it so cheaply.

    I've done what you've done before, but I didn't have very good results - the motor...
  16. trundling along - finished the countershaft and...

    trundling along - finished the countershaft and temporary pulley. The large diameter part of that hub was the last piece of the trailer axle roadside find that I used for the tailstock extension tube...
  17. that's a pretty neat idea, but I won't be going...

    that's a pretty neat idea, but I won't be going that route as I'd have to remove a considerable amount of material to make the shaft one piece with the pulleys.

    Current plan is to cut off a long...
  18. pushing the limits of my little 4x6 bandsaw...

    pushing the limits of my little 4x6 bandsaw
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    motor mount and countershaft in waiting. Got the pillow blocks ages ago from an estate sale for $1 and the plate was some piece of scientific...
  19. roughed in the extension tube. Couldn't thread it...

    roughed in the extension tube. Couldn't thread it as I'm having problems with the halfnuts jamming up on my current lathe. I'll finish this off when the SB is back together.
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    bored a recess...
  20. finished the extended tailstock screw. Made it in...

    finished the extended tailstock screw. Made it in two parts - the handle end and (cheating) 1/2-10LH acme threaded rod :) Overshot the end of the threaded rod by 1/2 thou, so it ended up being a...
  21. took a pic - the bed is currently propped up...

    took a pic - the bed is currently propped up against a shelf at the back of the garage :)
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    couldn't get a good pic with light behind a parallel held against the V, but with feeler...
  22. thanks! As to bed wear, alot is the easy answer...

    thanks! As to bed wear, alot is the easy answer :) The ways have a definite lip and the matching carriage Vs were worn as well. I'll have to see if it's enough to need to shim the rack and leadscrew...
  23. alright, large side track into making my wife's...

    alright, large side track into making my wife's Christmas present (The Nutcrusher Mk1) and an even larger side track into fixing my current lathe has slowed me waaaay down. I was going to make the...
  24. definitely rebuilding it to use :) Let me know if...

    definitely rebuilding it to use :) Let me know if you need any dimensions or drawings of the apron parts, it isn't back on the lathe yet so it would be relatively trivial to take to pieces again.
  25. Finished up the remaining way wipers. Hope I...

    Finished up the remaining way wipers. Hope I don't have to do that again, what a pain. Made even worse by one of them spanging off my face shield and disappearing into my garage for a couple of...
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