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05-30-2017 12:52 PM

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I am new to the wood working. I picked up a 1950 Craftsmen lathe for 25 bucks. Not really sure where to go from there the motor isn’t mounted that great. It is on a steel frame. I have turned some green wood down and tryed to turn some curly maple. But that didn’t work to well.


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#1 posted 05-30-2017 12:57 PM

What did not go well?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-30-2017 01:59 PM

PICTURES PLEASE :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 05-30-2017 02:03 PM

Well. I had a square piece if curly Maple and it didn’t get round. It just jumped

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#4 posted 05-30-2017 02:59 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Your initiation is coming up quickly. Jumped? Off the lathe? Where did it jumped to? Now you’ve just been initiated into the club and are a full member with good standing. hehe

Ok, if it “launched”, it’s possible your tail stock crept. It should be tight, and not move. I don’t know what else to add….... .... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#5 posted 05-30-2017 03:03 PM

when I turn something from a square I always cut off the corners ….or better yet draw circle with a compass ….then cut with bandsaw to start it round ….HOPE THIS HELPS :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 05-30-2017 10:05 PM

I suggest starting off with cheap wood, pine is fine, until you get the hang of it. Save your curly maple for later.

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#7 posted 05-30-2017 11:36 PM

Ok just between centers so can I just get like 2×4 or glue 2×6

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#8 posted 05-31-2017 12:22 PM

Is this the style lathe you are talking about or old single steel tube version?

http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=8280

Some tool bouncing understandable on square or out of round blanks. Remember you are cutting some dead space (air) turning a blank round. Start turning on slowest speed and don’t force the cut. Make sure your tool is sharp and cutting wood, dull tools make you force the cut. Adjusting your tool rest as close as can without touching the blank and adjusting tool rest height will provide better tool support and decrease bouncing some what. As blank get thinner or rounded adjust your tool rest too!.

-- Bill

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#9 posted 06-02-2017 02:09 PM

Yes that is the lathe just on a metal stand and I just have the center drives to turn between centers.

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#10 posted 06-11-2017 06:23 PM

What is the best way to tell what treads and mt I have so I can. Buy a face plate

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#11 posted 06-11-2017 07:19 PM

Found two you-tube video’s on Sear King Sealy 1950’s lathe and both say head/talstock MT-1 didn’t watch long enough to see TPI mentioned just assume 3/4” x 16 TPI. Maybe some one else can square that away for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_CP6rjEruk

-- Bill

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#12 posted 06-11-2017 07:25 PM

Thank you

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#13 posted 06-11-2017 08:40 PM

According to the 1950 sears catalog, Bill is correct – it has MT1 tapers and the spindle is 3/4”-16tpi:

Easiest way to get up to speed would be to get a thread tap so you can make your own faceplates and other accessories.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#14 posted 06-11-2017 08:55 PM

Thank you for posting and that was a very good read. Thank you

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#15 posted 06-12-2017 05:24 PM

MT1 head and tail, 3/4-16 threads. I owned one for a few years, they are not a bad lathe. One of the YouTube videos is mine. First thing I would completely disassemble, clean up the casting flash, check bearings, and reassemble. King Seeley did minimal cleanup before assembling and they can perform poorly because of it. You may need to flatten the bottom of the top rest holder. It doesn’t need to be perfect, just spend a few minutes on 80 grit, then 120. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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

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