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Old 12-21-2016, 11:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for pointing out the bored-out chuck. I'd thought about it and decided not to bother, but you've just given me a pretty good reason to do it.

I guess this means I finally have to get serious about aligning an(and fixing) the tailstock. I've been putting that off for a while and am really, really not looking forward to it
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There is an easier way the gets it close enough for pen work. Dead center in the chuck and live center in the tail. Bring them together with a small metal rule between them. It will show if it needs to move front to back. The tail should be a bit higher by design. There is a screw on the back and an Allen screw under the tail. You have to remove the tail to get to the Allen screw. I tighten It a bit and tap with hammer to get it aligned then tighten. You may have to do a couple times. Sometimes tightening the set screws will shift it a bit. The 2 center will get it close and just takes a few minutes. I did the half day method with a test gauge and after bumping it out of alignment 2 days later I use the 2 centers.


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I use 17-4 for my TBC bushings. Turns really well. Although I use a CNC lathe to do my turning.
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I use 17-4 for my TBC bushings. Turns really well. Although I use a CNC lathe to do my turning.
Noted for next time. Thanks!
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There is an easier way the gets it close enough for pen work. Dead center in the chuck and live center in the tail. Bring them together with a small metal rule between them. It will show if it needs to move front to back. The tail should be a bit higher by design. There is a screw on the back and an Allen screw under the tail. You have to remove the tail to get to the Allen screw. I tighten It a bit and tap with hammer to get it aligned then tighten. You may have to do a couple times. Sometimes tightening the set screws will shift it a bit. The 2 center will get it close and just takes a few minutes. I did the half day method with a test gauge and after bumping it out of alignment 2 days later I use the 2 centers.
Good to know this works.
I tried doing it the right way a couple of times, but never got close enough for my satisfaction. I think I actually need to start over entirely; leveling it, making sure there's no twist in the bed, etc.

It seems like I have more work to do to the lathe than anything else. I guess that's the lesson to be learned from buying cheap tools

(To be fair, I'm still glad I bought it. It's been and will continue to be a great learning experience, and I actually have fun working on it despite my whining.)
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