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Old 11-06-2018, 08:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I removed the tailstock. I lightly dressed the bed with 400 wet/dry sandpaper( my father used to refer to it as crocus cloth). Wiped it several times to clean it and added another coat of Ballistol. Next, I turned the headstock upside down and did the same thing. Now the HS slides with minimal effort. Even as smooth as the machine surfaces were, they were still a bit rough.
This is good advice. Over time, the bedways pick up nicks, and also drops/smears of whatever finish you use. I periodically remove the tailstock, and then buff the bedways using crocus cloth wet with WD40. A green scotchbright pad is just as effective. Fair warning - this is a messy process, and your hands will get dirty. Then, I reapply my lubricant of choice (currently, white lithium grease, but paste wax is also very good).

And while you are at it, use sandpaper or a file to smooth the top of your tool rest. Also, disassemble and clean the ram in the tailstock. Over time, the edge of the groove that the ram locking pin rides in gets buggered up and I find that it is often necessary to use a file to smooth down the edges of the groove.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:36 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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So, I set in cleaning the lathe tonight and it was a breeze with a little bit of simple green. 20 min tops and a quick coat of Silicon Lube and we are in business.

I examined the bottom of the motor, tool rest and tailstock and they are flawless. I have to say I’m very impressed with Laguna’s quality so far.


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You should not use silicone oils, lubricants and mold release in the shop. If it gets on your wood and you try to put a hard finish like laquer it may mess it up. It causes fish eyes or orange peel of the surface. Just use paste wax on the bed of the lathe.
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This is what you want to remove the grease.
Solvent Cleaner & Degreaser | Grizzly Industrial

This is what you want after you remove the grease to make the parts slide easily.
Slip It, Sil-Free Sliding Compound Gel 1 qt. | Grizzly Industrial
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You should not use silicone oils, lubricants and mold release in the shop. If it gets on your wood and you try to put a hard finish like laquer it may mess it up. It causes fish eyes or orange peel of the surface. Just use paste wax on the bed of the lathe.


What type of paste wax? The same paste wax we use on cars?


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Johnson’s paste wax for floors or if you cannot find it then Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.

You’d need to see what is in the car wax because I have no idea. Haven’t waxed a vehicle since the late 70’s.
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Mineral spirits or WD40 for cleaning and I use parafin wax to help the tailstock slide. You can buy it at the grocery store as "canning wax", two bucks worth will last a lifetime!
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Has anyone used Canuba Wax?


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Has anyone used Canuba Wax?


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Wax will gum up eventually & attract more dust than it's worth.
Use the stuff in the link I provided if you want the best stuff on the market.
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To join the thread; Any abrasive you want to use on the bed should be attached to a block/backer of some kind and you want the backer to span both front and back ways. You do not want to put any waviness or crown in the bed. With a wood lathe this only a minor annoyance, but on a metal lathe it is death.
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