You guys wanted me to make some changes to the lathe, so here they are! I appreciate you all taking the time to let me know what improvements could be made.
The most suggested change was lowering the tool rest, and the second was adding a protective strip of metal to the tool rest. These changes really made a huge improvement. I didn’t think it was that bad before, but this is way better. The chips now fly downward instead of towards my face, and the gouges now slide very nicely along the steel strip. This just makes it to where I can get a smoother more consistent line as I’m turning a piece.