Lathes take a lot of abuse from the moisture from wood turnings, and it’s a good idea to care for your lathe as part of a routine maintenance effort. Woodworking expert George Vondriska shows how he keeps his lathe running at peak performance at all times. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.
What are the two products that you are specifically using for rust prevention and lubrication of the lathe bed?
Those products are no longer available. Here is what George uses today to lubricate all of his tools and protect them from rust:
Topsaver is still available. https://www.amazon.com/Top-Saver-Rust-Remover-Lubricant/dp/B001DT12XQ
Hi George, I’m pretty much a newbie on the lathe and I did lubricate the bed with dry silicone spray. The problem is, now when I tighten my mandrel to turn a pen, the tailstock keeps moving back and then I get chatter when I turn the piece. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?
Hi Zoe. It sounds like the tailstock is not locking tightly enough, and if it is actually vibrating then it sounds like it is quite loose. Take a look underneath the tailstock (or look in your manual) to see if there is some adjustment that determines how tight the tailstock locking mechanism is. Try to set it so that it locks down tighter.
What are some product names for de-rusting and lubricating the woodworking machines?
Hi Bill. I use WD40 to derust it, and Bostik GlideCote to protect it. If I don’t have GlideCote on hand I use Johnson’s Paste Wax, which works pretty well but is just a bit slower to apply.