snfrosten wrote:Excellent table Gene, getting the delrin models to work properly is a chore, but I like the deadness of the sub chassis. Also the solid wood base is always preferred, looks like the one with the top plate that sits inside the inner rim of the plinth.
By the way my table plinth has two coats of tung oil instead of poly this time, the finish looks very clean and is easier to apply.
I've never had a delrin problem because the babbit sleeve prevents the cups from swelling. The only time I've ever had binding is when it went into storage for several summer months during a move and came back with all of its oil congealed from the heat and needed the old ronsonol bath and shaft polishing treatment to loosen it up again. The finish is original except for an occaision lemon oil rub.
I built a clone of my main table out of bits from my spare parts box last year and it has a new tung oil refinish. This is a shot I took of it during testing and adjustment, before I put the logo plate on.
Oil is easier to apply than poly and I like its look better, but the biggest practical payoff of not using poly comes if you ever have to repair or redo the finish. When the table has lived through another 30-40 years (why not, it did it once already, didn't it?), some future owner/restorer/modder will thank you for it.