some help identifying my new (old) lathe

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Forum topic by jdh122 posted 11-19-2011 10:01 PM 1529 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-19-2011 10:01 PM

I recently inherited this lathe from a relative who is down-sizing and cleaning out a bit. She bought it at least 30 years ago (here in Canada), and has no manual or anything (she did give me a set of Sorby gouges, which is nice). There doesn’t seem to be any brand on it anywhere and I was hoping someone here could help me identify it or give me a bit of information. Partly it’s because I can’t seem to get the centre off, and there’s no way I could turn a bowl with that kind of centre. I’d appreciate any information or suggestions.
Thanks, and have a good day.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 10:45 PM

The spur and toolrest look like a Beaver-Delta which is of Canadian origin. If you could measure the diameter of the spindle, it would be helpful; the old Beavers came with a weird 7/8” X 14 spindle. you can get any faceplate or chuck setup you could ever dream of, just buy from a retailer that has hub inserts that adapt your machine’s threads to the chuck/faceplate you want. I recall buying stuff on eBay for my lathe from “Third Devil”, (I’ll have to verify his exact user ID), a vendor from Florida, who was a knowledgeable, reliable seller on eBay. Put a good wrench on that center and give it a whack or two to loosen it up. Good Luck! Update Here is a link to that eBay seller’s site, go to his ‘stores’ link and you’ll probably find what you want, once you have verified your spindle thread/diameter:

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#2 posted 11-20-2011 02:12 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. It may well be some model of Beaver, as you say the spur and toolrest do look like ones I see on the web, although none have the steel tubes as sliders (which I can only assume is a cheaper way to make it, and probably less rigid). I’ll have a try wacking a wrench with a hammer over the next few days to see if it helps with the center.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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