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post #1 of 9 Old 08-18-2019, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Tailstock off center - Nova mini lathe

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I'm new to wood turning, I ordered a Nova 71118 Comet II - Midi Lathe as my first lathe. I have had a metal lathe before; and the first I check is that the tail stock and the center of the lathe are the same. When I tried checking this for my new lathe there is a slight miss alignment (less than a mm) between them. I just wanted to know if this would negative in some way or affect my turning in any way. Thanks!

I'm attaching a photo where you can see the miss aligment.

I'm new to this and I don't really have a shop, I just wanted to start this as a hobby. Any help will be relaly apprecaited.

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Personally I don’t see this as a big issue. In metal work the tools power down ways either parallel to the bed or at your chosen angle. Woodworkers freehand the tools as skill permits. Yes we can offset centers for pronounced eccentrics, but usually much more than your manufacturing error. My 2 cents worth.


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Strictly speaking it wont matter in the least for wood turning. If it bugs you though, there should be some adjustment screws somewhere on the tailstock that will allow you to get things aligned. If this were a metal lathe, things would be different since metal lathes have the tool fixed to a carriage that moves parallel to the ways. In that situation, if the centers arent also parallel to the ways, youll be cutting a taper. With wood turning though, the tool is handheld and doesnt need to follow the ways, so no issue

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-19-2019, 07:43 AM
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I agree with others, the difference is negligible. I believe mine is that far off and it doesn't give me any issues.
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The only time it will affect anything is if you have a drill bit in the tailstock, particularly a small diameter bit, if you can align it fine, as you are probably aware having used a metal lathe there are several reasons why the points don't line up. One would think a new lathe would not have this problem, however maybe the small amount it is off is within their tolerances for a wood lathe.

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-19-2019, 11:31 AM
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If you would like to go through the process of aligning them perfectly, go to the teknatool site and search for "Nova Alignment"
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-20-2019, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everybody! So, it seems like this miss alignment won't really affect too much. I really appreciate the answer from everyone here. Reading a more experienced opinion and explanation made a lot of sense and reassured my purchase.
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A slightly differing opinion...

I agree with others that it shouldn’t make a huge difference, but I would expect it to be spot on in a new machine, especially a quality machine like a Nova.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-20-2019, 12:52 PM
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Just out of curiosity did you rotate the spindle or reposition the centre in the tailstock as you checked the alignment.

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