Took me long enough, but I finally got a belt for the lathe so I could run it in the higher RPM range and got the axle turned down. I'm using a Smithy CB1220-XL. It's pretty beat- lotsa chatter but it works okay. It's got a weird belt setup for changing the spindle speed- 2 short belts with an idler in the middle for the lower RPM's, or one long belt and remove the idler for higher RPM. Long belt has been looong gone since before I started teaching here but I managed to find one that fits. Took forever to get the idler loose enough that it came off the shaft too. Got it all figured out and we're in business.
The axle started
out as "sucker rod"... Not exactly sure what that is but I'm guessing it
has something to do with well drilling.
After I hacked off the end and the goofy plastic piece, time to start spinning.
Haven't quite figured out how to change the crossfeed speed... It looks like there are a few gears that interchange but the other gears are missing. With the spindle spinning about the correct RPM, the cross feed would fly down the metal. Got a little warm, as you may be able to tell by the chips.
Finally got both sides turned down enough!
Looking good, although I think I may have to unbend a few of the curves
to make the tongue higher of the ground. Right now, by my estimates the
lowest point is 3-4 inches off the ground.
Picked up some castleated nuts, bushings, and washers so next week it should be a little more permanent. Need to brush up on my welding and get the joints finished off too, then I can cut out the hitch end, make the seat brackets and mount the seat, and do some testing. Long ways to go still and not enough time to do it!