Its 11 inches across. It's a hard drop of iron for sure. It's a lot better than it was definitely.
And now to do it all again.
Your bluing compound shows up a lot better than the Stuarts Micrometer blue that I've been using recently. Do you mind me asking what magic compound is it that you use to get such a visible result?
I use dykem blue. It's a lot easier to use than the Stuart's blue. Its expensive but I buy it from rgd tools. It's good stuff.
Get some diamant tuschierpaste
Lets see your tools. Scrappers that is
Some of my tooling.
Finally got the flats done on the cross slide. What a nightmare job.
That must take some time, using hand scrapers?
A couple of days solid..
Took a lot longer than normal because that iron is HARD. Blunts the scraper in no time.
Literally every pass. There was a good amount of wear as well. I got it 95 percent good.
And if it had been not as hard?
If it was a nice fine grained meehanite probably a good few hours. A lot less with a Biax of course
Plus you have to remember that Spencer is still on his learning curve (as am I except I'm further along).
Totally agree pete. I still a beginner and your a long way ahead of me. I still make mistakes and I can see them in my work. But it's hard work but I do enjoy doing it.
Obviously you're doing a good job, well done.
I also admire your dedication! Not just the time but the sheer amount of work/effort/days upon days of scraping away.
I reckon you will have a lovely lathe when it's all done - I realise it's been built to remove big amounts of material rather than be accurate, but with the way you're finishing it I expect the result will be a very, very accurate machine in the end?
Just a question as I'm not knowledgeable on scraping, but when a part is badly worn and going to require a huge amount of scraping is there any reason why you can't use a mill to remove most of the required material, or a surface grinder, then come in with a scraper for the finishing bit when there's not that much metal that needs removing?
Absolutely. If you have more than a couple of thou to remove and you can fit it onto a mill/lathe/grinder/planer then that's what you should do - after carefully evaluating the wear and deciding where to machine. You want your scraping to be minimal, if you have the choice. It's hard to mill off as little as a thou, but it's hard work scraping that much.
You can get electric powered scrapers, but they are very expensive and obviously not worthwhile if you are only scraping one machine.
Thank bill. I am hoping once finished the machine should run and perform nice and should be a pleasure to operate.
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