The New To Me 12 inch Mini Lathe Upgrade kit showed up today.
It started the minute I got the box opened up.
The guy Bagged it, Tagged it and Shipped it.
Didn’t even bother cleaning it a little bit.
So that will be the first thing to do.
Upon closer inspection, I did see a few dings and a little wear evidenced by the amount of paint worn off the underside of the ways by the Cross Slide.
But hey, it’s a used bed, right?
One nice thing the guy did was ship it in the original Little Machine Shop box, with all of the original protection they used to pack it in with.
He also sent the original instructions on doing the upgrade they send with the kit.
So that was cool.
After I get it cleaned up then the real fun starts.
When I said the other day that it’s supposed to be a “Bolt On” upgrade, Millerized in the comments almost choked to death laughing.
Because he is a Real Deal Machinist.
And he knows what’s coming.
So do I.
Just because the parts are supposed to swap over and bolt on doesn’t mean shit when it comes down to everything actually lining up properly when you get them on.
There is a fellow over in The Land Down Under who found this out the hard way, after buying a BRAND NEW Mini Lathe off of EBay cheap.
Quite literally, the entire machine was built out of rejected parts and dumped on the unsuspecting.
Every, single. part. on that machine was fucked up in some way.
It took him MONTHS to fix everything and finally get it back together.
Because I watched every video he made documenting the process, I was well aware of what I could potentially be facing when I ordered this used bed.
So after I get this little bitch cleaned up, this is what I am looking at right off the get go.
Earlier today my Horror Fright Digital Calipers shit all over the bed. Even a new battery didn’t help so I shit canned the fucking thing and made a trip over to the local outfit to get a new one.
On my way over there the thoughts of that video kept going through my head when something popped into my memory.
I still had some Harbor Freight Gift Cards in my wallet left over from Christmas.
I had no idea how much was still on them but I was aiming to find out after I remembered them.
Come to find out, it was enough to get a new Digital Caliper AND a new Digital 1″ Micrometer!
Zero monies out of my pocket.
I like it when that happens.
While I was looking up the Alice Cooper link to Welcome To My Nightmare, another little thought popped into my head.
Seeings how I know this problem child is going to be a little bitch, I am naming this new Frankenstein of a Mini Lathe I am going to be attempting to put together in honor of Alice Cooper.
Her name is going to be Alice.
Actually, I think Alice is going to be her last name.
Her full name is going to be THAT FUCKING ALICE.
But I’ll call it Alice for short.
This is going to be a long term project because I already have a shit ton of projects but I will start chipping away at it as I can and you can be assured I will post my progress, if there is any.
Let the fun begin.