Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Indiana County, Pa.
Something else to watch for with the tube lathes is that the metal rail running along the bottom of the tube hasn't started to loosen. The tailstock and tool rest both rely on that rail to keep everything in line and vibration free, or at least as much as it can be with a tube lathe. Have you checked to make sure your headstock spur lines up with the tailstock center? They should be point to point when the tailstock is tightened down. While your checking that and after tightening the tailstock, grab the tailstock and try to move it toward and away from you. If it moves, most likely you have a problem with the rail, and if you do your toolrest will move also no matter how tight you get it. Hope this helps, I also have a tube lathe and have been able to turn some pieces to 3/16" or less easily. Very sharp tools, very light cuts and patience.
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