Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Howell, Michigan
Turning noob question.
2 years ago my father-in-law gave me his lathe, an old slightly abused Craftsman belt drive and plenty of tools to go with it.
The wife, bless her heart, scrounged up the cash , got me a Tormek and said "Have at it". I did.
I replaced the head and tail stock, cleaned it all up, sharpened all of the tools, read a few books, watched some vids and set about trying to turn a bead.
First thing I noticed was smoke coming from the tail stock, followed by a hideous squeal and finally a piece of wood ricocheting about the shop. This, in turn, was followed by a finely woven tapestry of profanity that would make even a sailor blush.
Currently I have a fixed tail stock installed, should I switch to an active or based on the description of events, can someone spot what I may have done wrong?