Today was a real toil. The big lathe is far bigger than the pictures I posted a few days ago suggest. It’s monstrous.
Here she is still on the truck…
There were crates and crates of accessories and special tools developed by Bill for use with the lathe…a frame with a router for surface work, and things I haven’t the faintest idea what they do – he’ll tell me when he comes down to spend a day showing me what the lathe can do – and some of the largest turning tools I’ve ever seen. Most are 6ft long, and built to last. A ten foot extension bed which makes it into a between centres lathe…the mind boggles. There is also a specially made four-jaw scroll chuck which I bought along with the lathe. Here it is sitting next to an Axminster Super Precision chuck…
That should hold a blank!
The size of the lathe resulted in most of the day being taken up with a total re-think of the workshop, and moving things from A to B and back again. In order to get it in the workshop a little judicious removal of fittings, doors, parts of partitions, and skin was required. But I got there in the end by jacking it onto a dolly and slowly inching it into place. Here’s a shot of my eight-year-old daughter, Ellie, standing next to the lathe, holding one of the deep hollowing tools…
Sorry it’s bit blurry. I was balancing on a pile of burrs in order to get the whole lathe in shot.
And the burrs! Jarrah, Oak, Elm, and another Auzzie burr of unknown type, each so large I need a trolly to move them.
All that’s left to do now is find an inverter, put in a dedicated supply from the distribution board, wire it up, and stand back.
Oh…and sort the gallery and workshop out as they are both currently in such a state, filled as they are with crates, wood, and displaced equipment. Mount all the tool holders and custom brackets for all the peripherals, figure out what belongs where and why, and clear a space to the kettle. Another two days work I think. But I know it will all be worthwhile.
Last job…give it a name! Suggestions that do not include Bertha or Betty are welcomed!