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Forum topic by KelleyCrafts posted 07-22-2017 08:32 PM 563 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KelleyCrafts

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07-22-2017 08:32 PM

Good day all.

I would like to get a lathe bed extension but I have a General International midi lathe with a 14” swing (25-114). The only place I found that has an extension wants $240 plus shipping and honestly it’s discontinued everywhere so I imagine they will email to say they really don’t have one.

So, I know a lot of these will be interchangeable so I’m looking at the delta one on amazing for about $140. With my 14” swing I want to be sure it’ll work.

Could someone please measure either their extension or their delta midi from table top to bed and the gap in the track space in the middle. That should be good enough to figure it out I imagine.

Any other input would be Appreciated.
Thanks!

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#1 posted 07-22-2017 09:03 PM

Hey dude. Just saw this and I’m not at home now but I’ll measure mine tonight if nobody gets it before then.

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

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#2 posted 07-22-2017 11:18 PM

8.22” from bed to mounting surface and 1.265” gap in bed. Here’s a pic.

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

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#3 posted 07-22-2017 11:21 PM

Thanks Kenny. What about from the table to the top where the taikstock slides? Or is that the 8.22”?

I can make new mounting happen if the bed is flat all the way across.

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#4 posted 07-22-2017 11:34 PM

If it’s to the base of the bed then I think t should be good with the adjustable feet.

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#5 posted 07-22-2017 11:53 PM

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#6 posted 07-23-2017 12:04 AM

I honestly thought about that Waho. No joke. My issue is not everything I put on the lathe is round to start, or even balanced.

Sometimes even when I’m going super slow I get vibrations until I get it round. Maybe that’s not how you’re supposed to do it but let’s just say Kenny holds my beer while I do it.

I worry about it being stable enough. I don’t mind spending the cash for a cast iron one but I don’t want to deal with returns on this one.

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#7 posted 07-23-2017 12:05 AM

this looks a lot like your lathe. lots of clones out there maybe it will work.

http://www.arizonasilhouette.com/product/CML-1417.html

-- John

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#8 posted 07-23-2017 12:11 AM

Yep that’s the 8.22”.

You’ll probably have to drill some holes but that’s cake in cast iron. May take a little tweaking but if the height is close and gap’s the same, you should be able to make it work.

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

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#9 posted 07-23-2017 12:35 AM

Thanks John. I didn’t immediately find a one of mine even though I knew there would be some. It definitely isn’t good general stuff, this one is Asian. I like it fine though. The speed adjust is super nice so I want to stick with it and don’t have room for a big one. This option is still $50 cheaper though so I’ll maybe see it through.

Kenny, the holes are the least of my worries. So it looks like I’ll be able to get it. The little ledge might be the only issue. Do one more measurement for me next time you’re in the shop please. No rush buddy

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#10 posted 07-23-2017 12:45 AM

2.931

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

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#11 posted 07-23-2017 12:59 AM

Thanks Kenny. You’re a dove.

Mine is 2.68. Should work. Might need a spacer but should bolt on steady. Especially with 4 bolts.

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#12 posted 07-23-2017 01:09 AM

If yours is 2.68, there will be overlap. You’ll either have to have one machined or just grind some clearance. Either way should work fine though. Like I said, as long as the slot for the tail stock is the same size, you can work the rest of it out.

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

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#13 posted 07-23-2017 01:17 AM

I’ll either add a spacer which would leave a 1/4” gap in the top but that’s ok or grind it to sit on my ledge. Would have to evaluate when I have them together.

My gap on top is about 1/100th smaller than yours but that could be my high quality harbor freight digital gauge or measuring. I don’t think 1/100th of an inch even if they were would matter much. My tail stock wiggles more than that not locked down.

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#14 posted 07-23-2017 01:17 AM

And no, I won’t wiggle my tailstock for you.

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#15 posted 07-23-2017 01:17 AM

Thanks buddy.

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