On 2/1/2011 12:26 AM, teeter9786@...
> 1. When reassembling the headstock should I use any lube when sliding evrything on the headstock spindle and what should I clean with and should I just gently tap it all back in with a block of wood and a rubber mallet?.
Yes a rubber mallet is what I used. Use any good oil. I used 30wt
non-detergent motor oil to start until i got oil specific to the lathe.
> 2. I know kerosene is good for cleaning the gears and various parts but what should I lube them with, gear oil/grease (grease=glue and oil not so much)?
Gears should use an "open gear lube" the One specified by Atlas is no
I use bar and chain oil (chainsaw). I hear STP works well. You want a
You don't want any grease that will pick up dirt and hold it.
BTW, be careful with those "Purple cleaners". They will discolor the
aluminum (Zamac) parts. Have seen aluminum look etched after using it.
> 3. What is a good oil for the ways and te rest of the lube points.
Check ebay for Spindle Oil. There is a guy who sells Mobil Synthetic
Veloctite and Vactra spindle and way oils in 8oz bottles. Way oil on
ways, cross and compound slides. Spindle oil on rotating parts.
Oils have been discussed in length on this group. Many different
opinions. The main thing is you must oil it often. Any oil is better
than being lazy on keeping it oiled.
> I am also making a new table for it with a 2" top and legs from 4"x4" and the rest with 2"x6" and carriage bolts with some lag bolts in the legs for leveling on my downward sloping garage floor. I am very excited to be part of this group and can't wait to hear from the member.
Should be as stiff as possible as these lathes flex easily. Many have
used 2x4's stacked side-by-side to make the top with further
You might also want something to protect the top. I'd check places like
HomerD for closeout laminate (suprisingly cheap.)
Welcome to the group ;) You might want to add some formatting to your
posts. One long paragraph with no breaks is hard for these old eyes to read.
Scott G. Henion
Craftsman 12x36 lathe: