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Forum topic by Bob Nagel posted 11-02-2016 09:09 PM 531 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bob Nagel

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11-02-2016 09:09 PM

After my father-in law died, my wife inherited his workshop and drove from Buffalo NY back to Chicago with packed with a van full of power tools , saws, drill presses and grinders and every little nail and screw he had collected over the years in his shop. We have since moved to a small town in Mexico and are setting up a wood shop again. I have been carrying this Walker Turner Lathe through all our moves and journeys but have never gotten around to setting it up , until now. I have always loved wood turning but haven’t done it myself in fifty years. I would like to start again and working with my father-in-laws tools would have some meaning for me , sharing our love of working with our hands and such.

I am looking over what I have and think I have most of the parts I need, certainly have a slew of skews and chisels, that I’ll need to sharpen. The lathe will need a new motor and belts. I am not sure what may be missing from the bed and spindles. I am hoping that I can still get any replacement parts if I need any. And that accesories I may need, I would like to turn some bowls with some of the tropical hardwoods like Parota.

Can someone tell from these pictures what pieces I will need to buy to add to the mix (I know I will need a motor and belts for sure) here to get this lathe working? Thanks so much for your help. Bob

-- Bob Nagel, Comala Mexico


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Rick_M

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#1 posted 11-02-2016 09:26 PM

I don’t see any major things missing. I understand sentimental value but some old lathes are more work to put back in service than others. The WT 700 and 900 series had 1×8 spindles. Yours appears to be 1×12 or 3/4-16 or something with finer threads. Vintage Machinery is down so I can’t look it up.

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 11-03-2016 04:28 PM

Only necessary thing I see missing is a center for the tailstock for turning spindles. If you’re going to turn bowls, you’ll need a faceplate or chuck. You’ll need to determine the Morse Taper size and thread sizes on the shafts to get those things.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 11-03-2016 04:52 PM

It looks pretty complete – and hard to tell, but it does look like it has a cup center on the tailstock, which should get you going. However, the tailstock sitting at an angle like that does raise some concern… make sure the bed clamp on the bottom is there and functional. As for faceplates, get yourself a thread tap so you can make your own out of scrap wood. Once you get into it, you will figure out what additional stuff you may want.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Picklehead

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#4 posted 11-03-2016 04:59 PM

I have that exact same lathe. Is there a mounting plate under the tailstock? Spindle thread is 3/4-16 (reasonably available, a lot of craftsman lathes use this thread). Morse taper on head and tailstocks is MT1. I see what looks like a dead center in the tailstock. May have to disassemble the tailstock to get that out. If/when you do, grease it up internally and add a short piece of dowel inside the tailstock so that when you crank it back it will hit the dowel and eject the drive center, otherwise it’s hard to remove. Make sure to oil the bronze bearings in the headstock via the little bullet-catch style ports on the top of each bearing. Mine runs great. I use a treadmill motor so I have variable speed and reversing functions for cheap. I can help with pics of the parts I have if it helps.

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