|The tailstock, before removal. It has a Jacob's chuck, and two inches of travel.|
|Tailstock, all torn down. It needs some cleaning.|
|Here's 30 pounds of WTF for ya. This is a very old Baldor motor, 3/4hp. I can't find much info on it. Unfortunately it needs to come apart.|
|Getting into the cleaning and inspection phase. The bed is looking good, according to my poor man's check for flatness.|
|The table is painted and assembled.|
|Spanner bits are available from a few vendors to disassemble the compound and cross feed screws. I made my own.|
|Before getting laid off from my old job, I had access to a walnut media blaster. Well...without that blaster, I'm using paint stripper to remove the rest of the paint.|
|My half nuts are worn out. Looks like it will cost about $115 to have them refurbished. We'll see how that goes once I send them out.|
|I gave the dials the scotch-brite special.|
Update as of March 10...
There has been NO progress on this lathe in quite some time. Other projects have commanded my time and my funds. I am determined, however, to make this happen. A fair chunk of change has to be spent in order to finish this lathe. One of the things, as mentioned above, that needs attention is the half nut assembly. It is worn the hell out! I found a vendor on E-Bay who remanufactures these half nuts. He also makes new cross slide and compound nuts. Money has been sent...and the half nuts just have to be sent to be reworked...
|These threads are done. Like finished...kaput...|
|Worn to a razor's edge.|
So...now that the half nuts are on the way out for rework, it will be easier to start working on everything else. You see, the apron can't go together without them. Which means that NOTHING could happen until I took care of this. Worn half nuts are a show stopper. Let's see if I can keep the momentum going once they return to my hands.
|How's that for fast? Less than a week to turn around my half nuts along with a set of compound and cross slide nuts.|
|I finally got the bed cleaned up too. The first coat of paint is on. Second coat to come soon, then it'll probably sit for a few weeks to cure completely before I start assembling.|
What's still on the to do list? Well, I need a new motor and tooling. Those are the biggest items on the list right now. Belts, assembly, table top. A ways to go, but I'm back on track.
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