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Described in these pages is a small semi-automatic glassworking lathe designed for precision glass-blowing of components up to about
60mm diameter. The machine consists of a flat bed fitted with tracks and a rack along its length. The section of the bed is shown below:
The roller bearings on the mobile components run in and against the inner surface of the side rails to minimise horizontal and vertical shake and are supplemented by adjustment screws to eliminate any residual side shake. Materials are steel and aluminium alloy. Electrical components are from Farnell Electronic Components Ltd and the Farnell part numbers are specified on the drawings. The headstock and tailstock bearings are Ford Transit rear axle bearings and were chosen to permit a 50mm bore size for the lathe.