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Question about new Woodlathe!
My wife bought me a new woodlathe for Christmas and
l`m wondering .is there anything special I should know before I run it
any length of time.....
It says in the Instruction pamplet to gease the slides
the Banjo and the Tailstock ride on peice but I`m skeptical of putting
to much grease on either...what say you??
Is there some kind of wax l can use thats more better...Smile!
You can post answer in here or Email me...
Thanks...any advice appreciated!
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Good to see you using more accurate terms compared to your first post to
ABPW. Might I have had something to do with that portion of your
<copy'n'paste of my reply from APBW>
Firstly, get thee to rec.crafts.woodturning for more on your new-found
addictio... I mean hobby.
I'd never grease the ways that the tool rest (the base portion that
holds the rest is more accurately called the banjo) or the tailstock
(end holding piece) ride on. The tailstock needs to have a bit of
friction with the ways so it doesn't slide away from the headstock when
you bring up the pressure against the wood with the end crank. There's
at least one professional turner with 30 years experience who even
recommends allowing a light coating of rust to develop to enhance the
friction between the sliding parts.
I waxed my lathe ways (the flat or bar portions of the lathe bed that
the banjo and tailstock ride on) in the early days of my lathe
ownership, but haven't done so in years. Just wipe, brush or blow the
shavings off the lathe at the end of the day to prevent heavy rust;
allow the various finish drips and splatters to build a microscopic
coating; and, only occassionally add grease to the pivot points of the
lockdown mechanisms on the underside of the banjo and tailstock. The
lathe, like other tools, will develop a surface patina of use and that
will make it look and perform well.
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