- Dec 3, 2017
This is a simple question that probably has a complicated answer. While examining a lathe bed that I'd earlier relegated to become scrap, I decided there may be some things I could learn from it. Also, I really like Atlas lathes, and I have the remnants of one. So, I brought the bed in and started looking it over. What I found was that the bed ways, near the headstock have been deformed. What I mean to say is that the ways have a lot of chipping and scarring on the 90 degree edges, and most of it resulted in raised areas on the inside of the ways. I started stoning them, after I was sure about what I was looking at. But then thought that if I continued, I may end up stoning it out of square. Most of the deformation is on the top inside, not the bottom inside. Then I had the idea that maybe I could just file a bevel, effectively removing the chipping, and most of the raised areas, and that would be ok, seeing as how I don't believe the inside vertical surface is a bearing point for the saddle on the Atlas lathe. Then I remembered that I don't actually have a clue what I'm doing, and probably better make mention of it here, before I do real damage, or wipe out a reference point that I'll be needing later. So what say ye?