An oft-cited design flaw in these mini-lathes is the way that the hollow spindle ends inside the gear cover. Any swarf which trundles along inside the spindle will drop down into the (nylon) change gears, whereupon bad things ensue. Various folk have addressed this with nicely made spindle extensions, like this one, and I fully intend to do likewise. Meanwhile, however, there’s a very quick and easy interim fix. I can recommend something like Lagunilla’s 2002 temperanillo, on half-price offer from Somerfield – entirely acceptable wine, easy on the palate and easier again on the wallet, and the cork fits just perfectly in the end of the spindle.
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