|Forum topic by justinwdemoss||posted 1492 days ago||2926 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
1492 days ago
I just purchased a Shopcraft Lathe from a craigslist add for $50 (Included a full set of craftsman chisels and gouges.). I took a pen turning class at my local woodworking shop and now I want to try it at home, but the lathe appears to only have a dead center on the tail and something very similar to it on the spindle. When removed, the spindle is a 1/2” 16 thread. The tail stock is female and the dead center is male 1/2” 16 thread. I think that I need a live center for the tail and am planning to order the entire Jorgensen tail assembly to see if it fits. I saw a post of someone selling this lathe as a starter, and had a chuck in the tail with a live center held in it. Not sure how the chuck went into the tail.
All this aside, I have no idea what to do with the mandrel for the pen turning with the current spindle (again a male 1/2” 16 thread with a female dead center type. I think this piece is similar to the Jorgensen “screw center”. Pen mandrels have a #2 morse taper and I have no way of putting that in the lathe.
Anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks in advance.
-- Justin in Loveland, OH