When you screw up, screw up with style and try not to bleed too much.
I should have watched more videos of wood lathe operators, and thought a little bit harder. What I did, was put the lathe in the same place my old lathe (which did not function) had been sitting for years. But, because the old lathe did not function, I did not get to discover I had positioned it too close to the wall.
I also didn’t think it through enough to realize that the head is designed for larger objects on the left side: you have a taller rest-post and lots more room, but you come at it from the other direction. Which means that the lathe should have been positioned at right angles to the wall – it’s not as though I don’t have enough space – and it’d be better anyway since if something escapes the machine, it’ll go trundling off down the hallway instead of hitting the blackboard and splashing back at me.
“Well, duh!” thinks I, “I will just unbolt the thing and rotate it!”
There are 1/2″ tapcon concrete screws 4″ into the floor. I know, because I drilled them in, myself. What I forgot was that I used polyurethane epoxy as a lubricant while I was putting those screws in.
You know the term “half-assed”? My and my friend Mike always do things “double assed.”
Go ahead and laugh at my pain. I do, and it’s funny.
The thing about Tapcon screws is that the blades of the thread are broken, intermittently, so that they bite into the concrete independently. That also gives them a lot more surface area for the epoxy to grab onto. So I took a 1/2″ breaker bar, slipped a 4-foot black iron pipe over the handle, and broke the breaker bar. I guess that’s why they call it that.
It’s not really a bad problem, it’s just cause for some cursing – I’ll bring in a couple angle grinders and put my earmuffs and face shield on and remove the screw heads completely, rotate the lathe, and then polish the stubs level with the concrete.
I was so pleased with how the lathe didn’t vibrate at all.
I’ll probably scratch the mounting brackets up a bit but if I grind one completely off I’ll just make another one and weld it right back on. It’s so nice to have all the tools.
Before I start throwing sparks with the angle grinders I’ll vacuum the area up carefully – a hot steel spark landing in a bunch of lathe shavings could smoulder for a long time.