Hey fellow hackers!
I’m purchasing a second hand Record Power DML305-M33 wood lathe to install and loan to the Hackspace, so that Amritesh Menon and I can continue to build a prototype for a project we’re working on. We’d love for the entire space to be able to use this tool as I know there’s a few people who are quite eager for one and it would be a great way to give back to community
Because it will be loaned, my business (i.e. me) will be responsible for all repair costs (spare parts should be widely available as it is still in production). However, because it will be used by the space I propose that any non-repair maintenance purchases (such as lubricants) is split 50/50 between myself and the space.
Below is some further context, would love to hear any thoughts and concerns so that all members are happy with the installation It’s a bit of tight deadline as I’m buying this from a listing from gumtree, so if you could reply to this post with nay concerns, queries or thoughts before Wednesday 9th at 6PM GMT that would be awesome.
Aim + Context
Currently Woody Dusty has no functioning lathe for wood. This is a critical piece of hardware for crafting cylindrical pieces of work, such as bowls, table legs or (in our case) a winch. There was an attempt to build a wood lathe from a few unrelated devices, but it is non-functioning and is lacking pieces.
Purchasing a wood lathe the for WoodyDusty would allow all members to use the wood lathe to create any cylindrical or curve pieces of work with ease (after an induction).
Resources Required + Maintainers
The only other resources that will be required are lubricants so that the lathe operates normally. Myself and Amritesh will maintain the equipment and induct others to use it as necessary.
We will also purchase a full face respirator (see below) to prevent dust entering the user’s lungs.
We may in the future purchase a bed extension to increase the distance between centres so that longer pieces can be manufactured (called DML305/E).
Where will it be stored/installed and what will happen with any old equipment it replaces?
The size of the lathe is W870 x D200 x H455 mm and after a conversation with some members of Woody Dusty, a good place to put it looks like where the scrap wood pile is near the table saw. The current scrap wood pile could be moved further down the wall.
The old pieces for the non-functioning wood lathe will be returned to their owners and if not taken within 30 days, will be disposed of. There is a chuck that looks compatible with this late, so if the chuck’s owner agrees, it would be great to try and use that with the lathe.
A thorough risk assessment will be undertaken in line with the Health and Safety section of this manual.
We are also purchasing a full face respirator to prevent any dust from entering the user’s lungs, that will be cleaned before usage with sanitiser to prevent spreading illness.
There will be a required inductions process similar to the WeldyGrindy’s for metal lathes, so that users follow a strict health and safety protocol. This induction will also focus on introducing beginners techniques (parting, scraping, gouging and spoon cutting) to help them produce their first work.
Again, any thoughts, concerns or queries please let me know below