Manual: WL3D IM, 1983
Like most of my projects, I am not satisfied with the status-quo. This usually means the project develops as I am working on it. After completely dismantling the lathe, I started planning the many upgrades to the original design; some to update, some cosmetic and some better engineering.
- I was not happy with the fit and finish so the cast iron parts were re-shaped with a grinder and a belt sander.
- The motor mount was not the original one so I made one to fit.
- The upper v-belt requires the main shaft to be partially removed in order to change it. Rockler had the link belt on sale so I purchased enough for both belts. I hope it reduces vibrations like they claim.
- All the unnecessary holes in the base were filled.
- The smaller support cabinet was wasted space. I cut the front off and a metal frame with brackets was welded together.
- Next: modify the front access panel to be a hinged door.
I still need to pick a color scheme…