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I would say just try it. If it don’t work you learn and try something else. Would be the first time I wasted $25 or $50 trying something. Let us know how it works out for you. We can all learn then.
On Dec 30, 2019, at 5:57 PM, Dale Scroggins <scrof@...> wrote:
Guenther, I want to reduce or eliminate chatter. I realize that other factors contribute to chatter, but if I can eliminate one cause at low cost, why not do so? Material costs about $25.
I live in a region that has big humidity swings and have no air conditioning in my shop. Metal things bolted to wood tend to loosen. My lathe is currently through-bolted to a 3/4 plywood bench top. That's how it was mounted when I got it. When it starts moaning in a cut, the first thing I check are the leg bolts. They often have loosened up. Doubling up on the plywood or using a solid core door would likely make the bolt loosening problem worse. I know that keeping the wood sealed would help, but that's a lot of work. That's one reason I went to cement board siding on our house a few years ago.
I like the wheels on this lathe bench. I can keep them, I think, if the lathe is isolated from twisting as the bench is moved around. I can do that with one bag of concrete mix.