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    Wish I could add to this thread - its been...

    Wish I could add to this thread - its been fascinating and re-assuring that it has effectively summed up what I ve spent the last 3 months researching on line and in books. I've found a chap in the...
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    I had to squint to read the small print - it was...

    I had to squint to read the small print - it was worth it !

    Good to see you posting Forrest.

    All the best
    Mat
    I have only used Micrometer Blue by Stuarts - Ive not found a situation where it...
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    I have put a video together of the progress made...

    I have put a video together of the progress made and while the video isn't the most enthralling, the comments posted by viewers below have been helpful.
    The actual scraping starts around 20 minutes...
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    A bit of progress with the bearing re-scrape. ...

    A bit of progress with the bearing re-scrape.
    Working the lower halves to give alignment first then Ive been looking to address the contact area.
    Alignment wise, a test bar at 12" is 0.01mm high...
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    bit late to the party but for what its worth... ...

    bit late to the party but for what its worth...

    Have you checked the two collar turning between centres ?
    Have you had a head stock dead centre to tailstock centre point to point - just a quick...
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    Getting ready to start rescraping the headstock...

    Getting ready to start rescraping the headstock spindle bearings this week so re-reading the thread and many others on babbit bearings in the forum.
    I have re-scraped the bed and headstock seat. As...
  7. there is quite a good boxford lathes owners forum...

    there is quite a good boxford lathes owners forum on yahoo and groups.io a few vsl owners on there - ive always had a super help from those guys on my AUD III. They can help with spares etc.
    The...
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    I made my replacement - it took around an hour....

    I made my replacement - it took around an hour. got a picture somewhere. Im in the uk - happy to make another for beer tokens.
    mat
  9. The question posed is interesting. I would...

    The question posed is interesting. I would broaden it to - 'Can you scrape from the information gleaned from books / online or are you best to attend a course with a professional ? The best or...
  10. Jolly good - I look forward to reading it and the...

    Jolly good - I look forward to reading it and the many comments I am sure it will generate Mr King.
    If I might offer one small bit of advice about recording the exercise to avoid too many negative...
  11. I was surprised that it didnt take longer. I...

    I was surprised that it didnt take longer. I wasnt ploughing away at it, I have learned the important lesson about not being able to replace what you take off and my 'guide' Chris is super critical...
  12. Thank you for your valuable input Mr King. I am...

    Thank you for your valuable input Mr King.
    I am sure that your intentions and advise are well placed if perhaps a little tardy. It is clear that you have missed the point about the reasons for the...
  13. Glad it has / will help you Mike. As you have...

    Glad it has / will help you Mike. As you have probably worked out for yourself - Im no machine re-builder, just trying to learn as much as I can while doing it for my own benefit and sharing what...
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    I used a metric m30 x 2mm thread on the jacking...

    I used a metric m30 x 2mm thread on the jacking screws on my lathe, (all 8) it was pretty easy to level the bed to within 0.0002"/10" and finer if you can be bothered. (thats about 0.080" pitch on...
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    Ive only used stuarts micrometer blue on my...

    Ive only used stuarts micrometer blue on my granite and straight edges - I spread either with a rubber roller, or rolled and wrapped rubber of cotton (it actually works pretty well once its been used...
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    I will try and get a few sample photos and upload...

    I will try and get a few sample photos and upload them when I next get Chris in the workshop.

    Mat
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    Now, that I can tell you as best I have gleaned...

    Now, that I can tell you as best I have gleaned from Chris.

    From my discussions with Chris - the 'roughing' areas were defined by a scraper hand traveling down the bed with a 30" to 36" x 4" wide...
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    Three more I missed out first time.

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    The big 'roundabout' went to Ontario as best I can recall from our conversations.
    The chap in the wellies atop the planer bed is Chris on a machine he owned for a while.
    ...
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    Ive not seen Chris of late so will ask - I do...

    Ive not seen Chris of late so will ask - I do recall he said Cravens made a lot of lathes for steel mill rolls, 'a lot' could mean more than one ? you just never know :-)

    mat
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    A few old photos from Craven Manchester

    Last week, a couple of our members met here in the High Peak to talk at length about machine rebuilding in and around Manchester UK - as things turned out we never got to say much as Tyrone & my pal...
  21. Not a huge advantage between 4ft & 4ft 6 - but I...

    Not a huge advantage between 4ft & 4ft 6 - but I would go for the 4ft as its likely going to be less trouble making it and scraping it in a 3ftx4ft plate is easier than trying to squeeze 54" corner...
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    Thanks Chris - that all makes sense. For your...

    Thanks Chris - that all makes sense. For your information, the gear mesh to the spindle is just below center line - i.e. the spindle sits higher than the driving gear set. I will check this again to...
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    The lower bearing Halves.

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    Front bearing lower half - no transfer to upper half.

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    Rear bearing (bit heavy on the blue - but next to no transfer to upper half.

    I repeated the dti over the spindle with...
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    That will save me trying to make one :-) can you...

    That will save me trying to make one :-) can you PM me and we can sort it :-)
    cheers

    Mat
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    Thanks for link, I am an active member of the...

    Thanks for link, I am an active member of the group, which has been very helpful, so far ive tracked two other T13 in the UK in use.
    Mat
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