I will be in tomorrow to give a hybrid lathe class in the afternoon and then remain some time into the evening for what ever can be done on the lathe project. Again on Sunday.
It is clear that the lathe project has reached a feverish pitch. Other committees may have participants and volunteers, but the machine shop has zealots and bulldogs.
If the machine doesn't have the structure to be aligned before its final installation, then it will need alignment after our install, unless we get luckier than we deserve. The alignment provision is only for the horizontal axis, no provision for vertical misalignment. The head box, thus the spindle bearing set can be pivoted horizontally. Since the cutting tool approaches on the horizontal plane that is by far the more important, sensitive of the alignments. Perhaps, we should do the tests (but no corrections) on the old lathe to see where we are now, so that when good but imperfect alignment data is obtained on the new machine we will have some perspective on what is a reasonable tolerance goal. The manual simply indicates align until the readings are the same at both ends. Well, that is rather unlikely to happen before the year 2525, if man is still alive.
"A precision ground spirit level?" Is that a bar that has taken an extra communion? Now I am going to have to go online and find out what this thing is.