Although I've been busy doing other things recently, I managed to settle down to spending some time in the warm outhouse today. It is raining very cold water all over the garden so it seemed the best option.
Now, as some of you will know, I have an old lathe of unknown provenance. By the quality of the build it is obvious that it was an expensive bit of kit when it was new.
But it is quirky. And yes, it's red.
I'm going to note down some of the odd things as they become apparent. All those of you with (relatively) modern lathes may consider yourselves blessed.
First, a picture. (not sure where it will appear).
For some time I have known that the spindle nose M2 taper socket was damaged. Now was the time to do something about it.
I was watching Doubleboost's video on making a tailstock die holder and more or less followed that method.
Problem was, as the nose socket is damaged I can't stick a centre in there to support one end of the centre I want to use to set my topslide over.
No problem, fit the three jaw and chuck up a bit of bar. Create a 60 degree point. use that as the location for one end.
I have a centre that is wide enough at the 'big end' to fit in the hole of the tailstock without going right in, so that was the other end sorted.
Lots of gentle tapping and the dial guage was finally reading zero over the length of the 'alignment' centre.
Great ! ready to bore out the spindle nose. Remove all the gubbings used to set up; including the chuck.
Now you see the disadvantage of a gap bed.
With the saddle fully advanced towards the headstock and the topslide as far forward as possible on the slotted table I can't get the boring tool within three inches of the spindle nose. And that is before any cut is made.
Bugger !! I'm going to have to make some kind of extension that bolts to the table and bolt the topslide to it.
But not today.
You can see the problem in the (earlier) picture.
For scale, the slotted table is 5.5" from end to end. Also note that the saddle is as far forward as it goes and the tailstock is hard up against it.