Mini-Lathe: Apron Shim

Eks gave the traverse crank a few twirls, told me the gear was engaging the rack entirely too tightly, and recommended shimming the apron:

LMS mini-lathe - apron shim

LMS mini-lathe – apron shim

Of course, he was right.

Took two 18 mil shims to make it feel right, for whatever that’s worth.

That isn’t the prettiest solution, but it’ll suffice until the ways wear a bit more, things settle in, and I can cut a proper shim to surround the bolt holes across the entire bearing surface.

You can just make out the transparent plastic sheet that serves as a chip shield around the traverse gear shaft; kudos to LMS for that upgrade.

A chip shield tube / roof over the leadscrew is in order, too.

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  1. #1 by madbodger on 2016-07-20 - 08:38

    Now I’m thinking I should just buy a Sherline.

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-07-20 - 12:10

      The Sherline has much higher quality, but comes with a smaller work envelope / tooling / oomph. Despite having a bunch of more-or-less compatible tooling, I decided to go with an upscale crude lathe…