While I was on my way to and from my gig last night I was doing some thinking about the challenges I had with the Goodspeed lathe. I was having troubles getting the stock to load without hitting the carriage along with the stock hitting the the roughing knife when it was chucked between the spindles. It seemed that the tooling die was not allowing the carriage to retract far enough on its return. I had a brainstorm. Why not try the setup die since its 7/8"?
After a few adjustments to the roughing knife, I was ready to make a trial cut. Of course everything is really slow right now in set up mode. The run went good until about 1/4 in and I noticed a familiar sound from working with a regular hand lathe. It started making the dreaded noise I call "the jitters" or "chatter." It's a vibration that occurs when the spindle is not being cut correctly. I promptly stopped, shut it down, and made and adjustment. I started it back up and the video that follows is the result.