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Lathe centerline?
Posted by: Scott Lawrence (118.208.22.---)
Date: July 26, 2020 04:21AM

Hi guys, just wondering if there is a standard length to make the lathe centerline back from the bench edge on a rodbuilding lathe? Or is it just what ever feels comfortable to the individual.
Cheers Scott

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Re: Lathe centerline?
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: July 26, 2020 10:00AM

You need to consider what you might want to lie on the edge of any table width that extends from the bed back to that edge. Does the thread carriage need to be off the edge of the table in order to function freely?

You can take a look at the photo page under equipment and tools and possibly get some ideas from what others have done.

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Re: Lathe centerline?
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: July 26, 2020 05:56PM

Scott,
For myself, and my current power wrapper that uses a thread carriage behind the wrapper, I place the wrapper bed 1 inch behind the front edge of the rod bench surface. I essentially want the rod about as close as possible to me to minimize reach and vision issues.

I have several different wrapper beds that I use for building rods. Long ones, short ones, fat ones and skinny ones. But the recipe is the same - inch back from the front edge of the bench top.

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Re: Lathe centerline?
Posted by: Scott Lawrence (118.208.14.---)
Date: July 27, 2020 04:26AM

Thanks for the replies gentlemen. Always friendly and helpful advice.
Scott.

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