At the Lathe: Lathe Maintenance Techniques

Regular attention to a few simple procedures will keep you turning smoothly.
By Judy Ditmer
Pages: 82-84

From the October 2006 issue #157
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A lathe, like any other piece of woodworking equipment, is exposed to wood shavings, dust and other substances as well as general wear and tear. The bed, toolrest base and toolrest especially require regular attention for easy functioning. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched people huffing and puffing, trying to slide a toolrest around on a lathe bed that is as rough as sandpaper (or as sticky as flypaper). Not to mention the number of times I’ve had to face such a lathe myself while doing demonstrations.

A poorly maintained lathe is no fun to use and can easily frustrate your efforts to achieve those lovely, clean cuts and smooth curves you so want your work to have.

From the October 2006 issue #157
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