I bite the bullet and flipped the lathe over to access the gib plate from underneath. The weight of the lathe is rather unevenly distributed, making it hard to slide out of the chip tray’s motor compartment. One thing to note when flipping over the lathe is the plastic cover of the motor. It has to be removed to prevent damage (thanks to the review done by Dan Kautz on his site http://www.thehobbyistmachineshop.com).

I’m a happy man! The carriage now slide smoothly on the ways whether the carriage handwheel or the leadscrew handwheel is used.

The gib plate for the carriage. The bolts and setscrews were very tight. I’ve to use a plier on the allen key to loosen them. They were retightened till snug.

The lathe on its side.

The movement is now very smooth. I’ll be testing for play and adjust accordingly. The exercise of preparing the lathe for use is an invaluable experience.

I wanted to test cut a piece of steel rod measuring 8.35mm in diameter. This is the part that stumped me, who is too used to variable speed spindle of the Sherline. I need to learn how to read the table on the front of the machine. Anyone can help?

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