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Old 02-27-2017, 11:08 AM   #1
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Vega/lathe maintenance

So after spending time at the Bigfish workshop/mancave I realized I needed to do some simple but effective upgrades and maintenance to my lathe and dupe.

In no particular order here's what I spent a day doing

Wrapped the prof m blade holder in electrical tape, so that it didn't wiggle, and the set screw has something to hold onto.

Flipped the blade around, I probably cut 200/300 plugs with the first side

Upped the speed on the delta lathe to highest setting

Tightened all motor mounts.

Tightened chain on Vega

Tightened carriage on vega. Which is a pain cause there's 4 set screws and a little turn makes a big deal.

Tightened red arm on vega, removed any play

Moved the lathe over 18" on the work bench, put a thin rubber pads under the feet before bolting it back down, to help with the vibration

Cleaned all tracks on the vega and rewaxed the deck on it and the lathe.

Made a plexi motor cover that's angled into the dust collector hood

Upgraded the dust collector, still working on a system that will help catch the chips and dust. More concerned about the chips flying everywhere

Worked in making a deflector shield that mounts to the vega and will knock the chips down onto the plexi plate above the motor and into the dust collector



Found out I need to close the ends off as much as possible to stop the chips from shooting to the left and right. Which is what I'll work in this week. Better than it was before without it but can be better

Found some clear plexi/lexan storage bins that I think will work great once I get the overall design done. Hoping to find something close and just cut away the excess and mount it.

It's getting there.

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Old 02-27-2017, 03:39 PM   #2
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Thats cool but can you easily access the block to change it out quickly and also to sand the finished plug?

Almost time to get our fish on!!!
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Old 02-27-2017, 04:18 PM   #3
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Thats cool but can you easily access the block to change it out quickly and also to sand the finished plug?
Yeah once you go all the way to left it's completely out of the way

Once I get it perfected I'll take some video
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Old 02-27-2017, 05:03 PM   #4
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I think sides will be more important on that cover. The chips seem to go left and right but never really back at you. I only worry about the dust and let the chips fly.

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I think sides will be more important on that cover. The chips seem to go left and right but never really back at you. I only worry about the dust and let the chips fly.
I agree the fines are what will hurt you
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So after spending time at the Bigfish workshop/mancave I realized I needed to do some simple but effective upgrades and maintenance to my lathe and dupe.

In no particular order here's what I spent a day doing

Wrapped the prof m blade holder in electrical tape, so that it didn't wiggle, and the set screw has something to hold onto.

Flipped the blade around, I probably cut 200/300 plugs with the first side

Upped the speed on the delta lathe to highest setting

Tightened all motor mounts.

Tightened chain on Vega

Tightened carriage on vega. Which is a pain cause there's 4 set screws and a little turn makes a big deal.

Tightened red arm on vega, removed any play

Moved the lathe over 18" on the work bench, put a thin rubber pads under the feet before bolting it back down, to help with the vibration

Cleaned all tracks on the vega and rewaxed the deck on it and the lathe.

Made a plexi motor cover that's angled into the dust collector hood

Upgraded the dust collector, still working on a system that will help catch the chips and dust. More concerned about the chips flying everywhere

Worked in making a deflector shield that mounts to the vega and will knock the chips down onto the plexi plate above the motor and into the dust collector



Found out I need to close the ends off as much as possible to stop the chips from shooting to the left and right. Which is what I'll work in this week. Better than it was before without it but can be better

Found some clear plexi/lexan storage bins that I think will work great once I get the overall design done. Hoping to find something close and just cut away the excess and mount it.

It's getting there.
OK Chris, picture of the tape on the cutter, please.

Second, the sset screws on the Vega deck. How do they tighten, untighten, so the dupe will stop vibrating?

Motor mounts, ?...

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Amazingly, I am on line tonight to asked some of these questions that Chris has asked/answered. I need to know how to adjust the four deck sets screws the most. Assuming I loosen the nuts on the set screws, then tighten the screws by turning clockwise, ?

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Frank grab the dupe head with 2 hands and shake back and forth. This will give you an idea what adjusters need tightning. loosen lock nuts and snug allen screws on either the front or back. Back off allen screws slightly. Turn levers till it moves smooth. Snug nuts and rotate to both ends. Some units feel fine to left but tight to right. Being the left side groove has more wear. Mine do. Also clean and lube V track. I use W-40. Also the nylon bushing may need replacing if worn badly.

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Frank grab the dupe head with 2 hands and shake back and forth. This will give you an idea what adjusters need tightning. loosen lock nuts and snug allen screws on either the front or back. Back off allen screws slightly. Turn levers till it moves smooth. Snug nuts and rotate to both ends. Some units feel fine to left but tight to right. Being the left side groove has more wear. Mine do. Also clean and lube V track. I use W-40. Also the nylon bushing may need replacing if worn badly.

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