I am restoring a 1950s Winfield lathe, and it has simple oil holes in the headstock for the mandrel bearings. I thought about turning up some oilers to go in the holes, with lids to keep muck out. Is there a way to meter the flow down to a drip feed, I have heard about wicks, but don't know how I would create one, would a wick have to contact the journal to work or is it just a way to slow the flow ? Any advice welcome - except to buy hugely expensive Myford oilers. This must be something I can make myself.
17 years ago