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Forum topic by Leonardthecat posted 09-17-2016 10:05 PM 785 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2016 10:05 PM

I’m new to wood turning and just picked up an old Dunlap lathe. I’ve been learning the ins and outs but it came with a faceplate on the left side of the head stock. Now I can’t seem to figure out the use for this. I can understand using it for turning bowls and such because there’s no limit on the clearance but would I just not use a tool rest? That doesn’t seem right to me. Thanks!

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#1 posted 09-17-2016 10:17 PM

Google “Outboard tool rest

Basically a tool rest (usually on a heavy mobile stand), so you can use the outboard end of your lathe to turn stuff. You obviously can’t use the one that is on the lathe bed :)


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#2 posted 09-17-2016 10:21 PM

Okay well that makes sense, I’ll have to look into it. Thanks much!

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#3 posted 09-18-2016 03:11 AM

Check to see whether the face plate can be switched over to the right side of the head stock. Should be able to. Lets you turn smaller diameter bowls.

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#4 posted 10-29-2016 12:30 AM

I would imagine if it’s on the outboard end of the tailstock it has left hand threads, or it would spin off.

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#5 posted 10-29-2016 01:24 PM

You can still buy a three leg adjustable stand and tool rest but would cost more than your lathe! Due safety concerns & optional cost many old timers made their own outboard tool rest. You can also buy outboard rest that mounts onto lathe cabinet or stand again very expensive. I would use that outboard faceplate as hand wheel. I would not try screwing that faceplate with left hand treads onto inboard spindle with right hand threads!

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#6 posted 10-29-2016 02:58 PM

Leonard, if you haven’t already done it, remove the face plate and put it on the inboard spindle. When that old Dunlap was made, lot of face plates were threaded both right and left hand threads. I have two of them for a couple of Delta lathes I have. ................ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#7 posted 10-29-2016 07:05 PM

As was said before, If you are lucky your faceplate has both left and right hand thread, though that is not always the case, some have only lefthand thread and on some lathes the outboard spindle does have a different size and thread, I know at least a couple that have that.

Still a good idea to check that out, also not bad to see if you can get it off, as you would to change bearings if ever needed.

Here a picture of a outboard stand, if you can weld or have a friend that can, it is not that hard to build one, or if you have a sturdy stand, an outboard extension can be bolted on like in the picture, though I would add a brace from the end down to the bottom of the stand, again not hard to do.

Just don’t set it too low as you can only turn as large as your toolrest can reach, as in this picture, you could not reach the center of a platter or bowl so basically useless but for a picture frame ring.

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