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7x10, 7x12, 7x14 Mini-Lathe Information

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All of the How-To's are listed under each section under the "MACHINES" since each machine has its own related how-to. Some how-to's overlap in method, concept, or more.

This is a list of all current how-to's:


8x12 Lathe: (click to view index page)

  1. tighten the synch belt
  2. shim your bit in the turret toolpost
  3. take apart the carriage
  4. install a Phase2 quick change tool post (QCTP)
  5. remove the stock 4" self-centering 3-jaw chuck with a 4" independent 4-jaw chuck
  6. adjust the leadscrew gears


X2 Mini Mill: (click to view index page)

  1. quickly setup your vise
  2. tram your mill (x-axis)
  3. remove the torsion spring
  4. make your stock brass nuts anti-backlash
  5. remove the Y-axis leadscrew from the retaining block
  6. setup a rotary table
  7. upgrade your stock 16TPI leadscrew and brass nut
  8. adjust your X and Y axes for smoother operation / backlash stuff too
  9. remove the X-axis leadscrew from the retaining plate
  10. hold workpieces to the table
  11. drill and tap nice centered holes (and how to use a wiggler!)
  12. measure the inside of something using a telescoping gage and micrometer
  13. what is backlash and what can be done about it?
  14. mini mill belt drive (coming soon!)
  15. making acetal gib strips for the mini mill
  16. making acetal/delrin anti-backlash nuts (and an alternate method of table removal)
  17. installing ballscrews in the X and Y axes

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