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    Default using my lathe for the first time vid!

    hey guys, i bought this lathe from Billdozer several months back, just got time to mess with it this weekend. the lathe is a work in progress but it does the basic functions which i mostly needed it for anyhow (turning, facing, chamfering ect). i am always making basic things such as spacers or cutting them down and let me just tell you, this makes life a hell of alot easier. THANKS BILL! today i needed to make some spacers for a 3/4" axle so i busted out a piece of 1 1/4" O.D., .250 wall dom tubing i bought awhile back for making spacers. turned it down to 1 1/8" O.D. and cut it to length. here is a short vid and some pics....................

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWe9p7XlSmY






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    remember, roll up your sleeves and pull back your hair...

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    Nice, glad to see that thing in action. I made quite a few spacers on that thing! Keep an eye out for an upcoming lathe tech article from Jay at Special 79 real soon.

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    hey guys, will roll up the sleeves but don't have any hair to worry about!! i will definately be using the hell out of the machine. will slowly work on it to restore that badboy

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    it,s not really necessary to roll up your sleeves , just make sure you have the buttons or snaps done up at the cuff and that the arms are not excessively baggy , i turn chips for a living and trust me you will be glad you have them when ya start hogging material and the chips start flying all over ,
    keep the rings off the fingers and if you use a file hold the handle with your left hand and the tip with the right hand , never drape yourself over the chuck when it is spinning if the jaw grabs you you wrapped up i know a couple guys who broke arms .

    and good idea on the bed stop to prevent running the tool into the jawface and the chuck

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    Don't forget to take the chuck key out before turning it on, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ember View Post
    Don't forget to take the chuck key out before turning it on, too!
    God do I know that. More than once.

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    Wear safety glasses. Learn about cutting angles, chip clearance, be careful, have fun. Don't end up like this guy

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    ^^Brutal!! I guess we need pictures like this to remind us how dangerous these tools are!

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    Default This guy...




    Is a wee bit jealous. Hahahaha

    That's awesome man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroRob View Post
    Wear safety glasses. Learn about cutting angles, chip clearance, be careful, have fun. Don't end up like this guy

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    I picked up an old South Bend at an auction a few months back and have been trying to teach myself how to work it. Love the thing! I gotta get a knurling bar next and learn how to do that. That should be fun...

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    Knurling is pretty easy. Get one of those 2 wheel cross hatch jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroRob View Post
    Knurling is pretty easy. Get one of those 2 wheel cross hatch jobs.
    Yep. I just picked one up this week. Didn't think it would be so simple.

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    Never used one like that, we only had these
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ARMSTRONG-KN...item56478858df

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroRob View Post
    Never used one like that, we only had these
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ARMSTRONG-KN...item56478858df
    Yea. Same thing man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroRob View Post
    Knurling is pretty easy. Get one of those 2 wheel cross hatch jobs.
    I've seen vids of it, so it doesn't look too hard, I just need to make sure I get the right knurling tool for the o.d. of the material so that the knurl ends up even, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamBam View Post
    I've seen vids of it, so it doesn't look too hard, I just need to make sure I get the right knurling tool for the o.d. of the material so that the knurl ends up even, correct?
    Or a multiple of it. The example I saw was metric but said if the knurling tool Is 1mm then you can knurling any whole number od piece with it.

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    I love turning my own custom parts on my Dad's old 1953 South Bend 10L. Just be careful, take your time, never rush, and think/look everything over before turning on the power. Man, it is so much fun that I completely lose track of time when running my lathe or mill.

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