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Forum topic by JMillerWoodworks posted 09-17-2017 01:17 AM 396 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JMillerWoodworks

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09-17-2017 01:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe refurbishing lathe center

Recently my brother and I were given an old Craftsman Lathe (model no. 113.238180). So I need new centers for the lathe and I need to know what to buy- for the tail-stock, do I need a center (Morse Taper No. 1) with a bearing or not. As far as I can see, it looks like the tail-stock does not have any bearings in it, but the center that the lathe came with does not have any bearings on the center. If I understand right, there need to be a bearing in the tail-stock, but because I have never turned before and do not know. Thank a lot!

Here is a link to the forum of the same lathe: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/237345

-- - Joel Miller "Striving to be like the Carpenter of Galilee"


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 09-17-2017 01:39 AM

Do you have any at all right now – sounds like you at least have a dead center? Minimally, you need a spur center on the headstock to drive the workpiece, and a dead center on the tailstock. A live center (w/bearing) is generally preferred in the tailstock, but a dead center is perfectly usable if that is what you got (make sure to give it a little wax before using).

Cheers,
Brad

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

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JMillerWoodworks

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#2 posted 09-17-2017 02:17 AM

Mr. Unix- Yes- they are dead centers. The head stock has a spur center, and as far as the wax goes, when we got the lathe, the tail stock center was rusted into the tail stock slide.

-- - Joel Miller "Striving to be like the Carpenter of Galilee"

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#3 posted 09-17-2017 02:40 AM

Then what you got will work without anything else needed. The wax goes on the end of the dead center to lubricate the workpiece as it rotates… the tailstock center does not spin. If you can extract the dead center, you could always replace it with a MT1 live center if you want, but it’s not required to be able to use the machine as-is.

Many (most?) vintage lathes only came with a spur drive and a dead center. My 1949 Delta was one such example.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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Rick_M

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#4 posted 09-17-2017 06:41 AM

Everything Brad said, +1

In days gone by they didn’t worry so much about parts that weren’t meant to be seen like the bottom of bowls, backs of cabinets, etc.

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