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Bergie37

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07-07-2015 02:41 AM

Hello,

I’m a completely new at wood turning. I bought what seemed to be a good deal on a lathe with chisels included. It’s a 1982 central machinery lathe. Seems to run great, but I’m a little confused about the spindle. There was no headstock center (forgive me if my terminology is off!). I’m not sure what I need to get to begin turning. The diameter of the spindle is 1/2”, I tried searching but it seems like all spindles are 3/4” atleast. I’ve attached some pictures, hopefully one of you can make sense of this and let me know what I need to do to get started!

Thanks

Mike


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ForestGrl

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#1 posted 07-07-2015 03:00 AM

Somebody will come along and talk about live centers and Morse tapers, but I thought I’d throw in this link to a helpful UK site for new turners—welcome to the Dark Side!
http://www.woodworking.co.uk/Technical/Beginners/beginners.html

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#2 posted 07-07-2015 09:40 AM

This a manual for current version of that lathe, hope helps you see what you bought. That lathe does not have a morse taper, but solid threaded spindle. Suppose to come with screw on 4 spur drive center & face plate. Being 1982 vintage have no idea of size or TPI of the spindle or if can buy 1/2” to 3/4” X 16 tpi adapter.

http://manuals.harborfreight.com/manuals/67000-67999/67690.pdf

Might be able to call toll free number to find more info or missing parts!

Good luct with it!

-- Bill

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 07-07-2015 02:59 PM

Where are you located? I might have some parts for that thing. Drive center, faceplate

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#4 posted 07-07-2015 04:30 PM

Thank you all for the information. I can look for a number to call. Joe, I am located in Massachusetts.

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#5 posted 07-07-2015 06:05 PM

I have the exact same lathe, for getting started I got a barracuda IV chuck system from PSIwoodworks. you should get a steb center though and if you don’t have a tailstock “the part that slides up to the piece from your right looks like a pointy cone) you should get one of those also. a steb (not STAB) center is better because it has more than just 4 points and the center is spring loaded. you get a better hold on your piece and even if it slips because you don’t have your tailstock tight enough or you take too big of a bite, it won’t fly off and hit you in the face. with a standard 2 or 4 point center you run that risk. (trust me my jaw has felt it). and no matter what wear your facemask!

the 4 jaw chuck I started with, works great and has multiple jaws
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CSC500K.html
the steb center I bought
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000KICD52/ref=sr_ph_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&ie=UTF8&qid=1436292231&sr=1&keywords=wood+lathe+steb+center

PM me if you have any questions since I have the same lathe I may be able to help you with the ins and outs of it!

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#6 posted 07-08-2015 12:43 AM

Cdaniels, how would those fit on the half inch spindle? Is there an adapter to use?

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JoeinGa

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#7 posted 07-08-2015 12:48 PM

Are you absolutely sure that your threaded spindle is 1/2” ?
I just measured the drive from my old lathe and it’s just a hair shy of 3/4”.

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#8 posted 07-08-2015 01:58 PM



Are you absolutely sure that your threaded spindle is 1/2” ?
I just measured the drive from my old lathe and it s just a hair shy of 3/4”.

- JoeinGa

I think Joe is right. Those 4 bolts on the headstock look like they are either 14 mm or 9/16”..... The spindle is even bigger than the bolts…....... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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Bergie37

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#9 posted 07-08-2015 09:53 PM

I just checked when I got home. A little more than a half I guess, but no where near 3/4..

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#10 posted 07-08-2015 09:59 PM

Might be a Metric one????

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#11 posted 07-08-2015 10:02 PM

Oneway makes an adapter for every lathe spindle that has ever existed I think, but they probably only fit Oneway chucks.
http://oneway.ca/products-category/adaptors

Nova has the most common sizes.
http://www.teknatool.com/products/Lathe_Accessories/adaptor_page.htm

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#12 posted 07-08-2015 10:26 PM

What I have definitely wont fit that. Sorry, I tried …

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#13 posted 07-08-2015 10:37 PM

Once you figure out the spindle size/thread, get yourself the proper sized tap and start making your own faceplates, jam chucks, spindle plates, etc… from scrap wood.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#14 posted 07-09-2015 11:16 PM

Looks like 14mm fits. I’m going to look at those sites, thanks rick. I appreciate the gesture Joe, thanks. If I were to make my own, what would you suggest I make just to get turning?

Thanks for all the help!!

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soob

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#15 posted 07-10-2015 01:47 PM

If you’re a newbie and are just starting out, you want to use a regular old spur center. Now, how you mount one on that lathe, I have no idea. It might be a long shot, but is there any chance that 14mm threaded part itself is just screwed on? Or you could just ask the previous owner how he used it.

The best thing to do if you can’t find a premade adapter is to buy a blank one and have it machined to fit. Not sure what that would cost but hopefully not too much. I’m not sure about that lathe but it could easily be more than it’s worth.

If you absolutely want to start turning now, I guess the best thing to do would be to get a tap like MrUnix says and make a screw chuck. Google it.

While you are trying to figure this out, you need to learn how to sharpen your tools or you’ll be in for nothing but frustration when you finally figure out how to use it.

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