I'm sure this is elementary to most of you here, but I'm in need of
I have a Smithy 1220XL that is about 5 years old. I've never been
real happy with it, primarily because I dont know what I'm doing as
regards getting the machine set up so that the carriage/cross-slide
can be traversed but still maintain some degree of rigidity. I"ve been
able to turn out a few small things but not with the degree of ease
and enjoyment level that I think the machine is capable of.
(At this point I'm not concerned with the mill, only the lathe. I
need to learn to crawl first.)
I've googled the newsgroup but came up with nothing that specifically
helps a rank newbie on this problem. On the plus side, I see that
many folks are able to do some quite spectacular (to me) work, so it
gives me hope.
I think I understand the basics of gib adjustment but I seem to be
missing something. If I get the rigidity right, it takes two people
to crank the lead screw, and if I get that right I'm killed with
Is there any recommended reading that might address this? Would any
of the parts benefit from polishing? Are the ways ok 'out of the box'
or do I need to give them some kind of attention?
This is probably a very open-ended type of question but I repeat, I
don't know what I'm doing. I'm confident in my ability tho, once I
gain some knowledge.
If any of you have any road signs that will get me pointed in the
right direction it would be much appreciated.
Ridge Custom WoodWorks
at ridgeworks dot com
18 years ago