I know many of you will be appalled by the fact that I must keep my lathe outside, owing to shortage of space, although all the moving parts are stored under cover (in the bike shed).
So the ways are greased below the lead cover, which is only removed in the spring, so that I can turn a few tool handles, which is virtually all that this is used for. I am in the habit of dumping stuff on top; originally the lead was flat, but now it is a gutter!
Thought you might like to see it set up for turning, although in this picture I have clamped a Disston saw vice to the blank, which is locked, as the light is good here and I can just run along the tenon saw shown. Before switching the motor on. The height is just right.
Samís post from yesterday prompted this contribution, since I also have made tool rests for this old lathe.
But this is not the one in the second picture.
Appalled you ask. Well the truth is if our situations are not on the same parallel we should not even consider dissing you for what you have to do.
Oh sure it is nice to have ample room to store our equipment and have space to run it in a nice climatically controlled environment. But not all of us can. My own situation currently dictates that my machines are in trailers which are not hermetically sealed to the elements even if they were being made of steel they would sweat on the inside so at best I have to keep things oiled and greased with gunk or as with most of my much older machines leave the patina of surface rust on them to help prevent them from further degradation
I like the lead cover though for several reasons not the least of which is lead is soft and will not mar the surface if something causes the cover to move around. It can be shaped tightly against the surfaces and if there is a coating of non corrosive substance between the lead and a machined surface this helps to prevent further damage due to exposure.
Actually you have given me an idea I have a couple 36" wide rolls of roofers lead that I have been wondering what I might use it for other than melting it down to make ammo for some of my black powder weapons. I have another 500 lbs of lead I can use to make those
Thanks for the post.
No I have a 1/4 ton of lead plus the 2 50 lb rolls.
The way I figure it lead may be more valuable than gold or silver one day. so I scarf on to every piece i find.
Lead brass copper steel aluminum and cast iron tools machinery and equipment to me are my hedge against the next stock market crash the paper digital million and billionaires will be starving and committing suicide while I sit happy as a clam at high tide.
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