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StripeEsox

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09-24-2015 03:51 PM

Hello all!

I recently acquired a lathe that I would like to start playing with. My goal is to make fishing lures with it. I’ve been watching videos and such, so once the lathe is operational, I think I can safely start to turn spindles—the problem is my lathe is missing a key component (I think), and I need some help figuring out exactly what I need to make this work right.

Here’s the deal, the videos I’ve seen, the people are using a spur of some sort on their headstock. My lathe only has a plate with 4 slots for screws. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

Here is what I have:

Headstock (i think that’s the right term?)

Headstock removed:

Empy Headstock

Now here is what I think I want in order to start making lures:

My question is… how do i know what to buy in order to get the right Spur on my lathe?

For what it’s worth, it is an old Sears-Roebuck brand lathe from the 50s or 60s I believe. I could get the model if it is important.

Thank you all in advance for ANY advice or information you can provide!


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SignWave

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#1 posted 09-24-2015 04:22 PM

Measure the diameter and thread pitch of that drive.

Something like this “Thread-on Spur Center” (sometimes called “screw-on spur center”) may work, depending on the threads you have.
https://www.pennstateind.com/store/PMLA-SP.html

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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StripeEsox

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#2 posted 09-24-2015 06:21 PM

That… is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you!!!

I’ll have to measure the threads to be sure, but I would bet it’s the one.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 09-24-2015 07:47 PM

Also, once you figure out the size/thread of the spindle, get a thread tap that size. It will allow you to make your own face plates and other accessories. A glue block with a threaded hole that can go directly on the spindle saves you from having to worry about screws protruding into the work piece like on a traditional metal faceplate. You can make all sorts of stuff (jamb chucks, spindle faceplates, cones for turning/cleaning metal rods, etc…).

I mention this because you say you want to turn lures, which are pretty small and would be kind of awkward spinning with a spur center. If you make up a wooden faceplate (just use some scrap 2×4), you can glue on a longish piece of stock that you could get several lures out of. Mount it on the spindle, support the other end with the tailstock, and turn a lure from the area closest to the tailstock. Part it off when happy with it, move the tailstock to support the piece again, and repeat until you don’t have any wood left :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Of course, a chuck would also work as well… but they generally aren’t free like a scrap piece of wood is!

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

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TheDane

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#4 posted 09-24-2015 08:14 PM

Also, once you figure out the size/thread of the spindle, get a thread tap that size.

Good advice. A good source for spindle taps is Beall Tool … http://bealltool.com/

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Rick M

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#5 posted 09-24-2015 11:54 PM

Should be 3/4-16. I have both RH and LH taps for sale as I just sold my Craftsman lathe and the new owner didn’t want them. Message if interested.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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StripeEsox

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#6 posted 09-25-2015 03:53 AM

Thanks so much for the advice SignWave, Mr Unix and TheDane! I really, really appreciate the insight!

MrUnix, I’m going to have to google half of what you suggested – but I can already see that my mind is about to be blown open :)

Also thanks to Rick for the offer of the taps. I will certainly consider it.

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Rick M

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#7 posted 09-25-2015 04:53 AM

Forgot to mention, I have 3 faceplates to fit a Craftsman, one aluminum, one steel, one cast iron.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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StripeEsox

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#8 posted 09-25-2015 02:55 PM

It won’t let me send you a message until I have at least 5 posts on the forum. i think this is my 5th :)

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