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Forum topic by ARTTdylan posted 01-18-2012 10:20 PM 6653 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ARTTdylan

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01-18-2012 10:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe turning

The shopsmith lathe center that comes with it doesn’t grab like any of my other lathes. Are there any alternatives out there?

I am refering to “A” on this page http://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/catalog/l_lathecenters.htm

as for the “D” center, we turn pretty large items… for a shopsmith so that probably won’t work.

-- Dylan - www.arttwood.com -


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#1 posted 01-19-2012 01:36 AM

I used to use my ShopSmith as my lathe. I don’t anymore. When I used the ShopSmith as my lathe, I noticed the same problem.

I started using my chuck, whenever I could in place of my lathe center – even on spindle turning. 90% of the time you can use a chuck in lieu of the lathe center. On those occasions when I really needed a good lathe center I used a good (not ShopSmith) lathe center that I clamped into my chuck. I needed to change the jaws on the chuck to hold the lathe center. It worked great. I could use any lathe center on the market.

Caution – When doing this, you should consider whatever lathe center you buy as dedicated to the ShopSmith because the jaws will damage the Morse Taper.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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shipwright

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 02:14 AM

I have an adapter for my chuck that goes from the SS 5/8” straight to the same thread as my Delta lathe at home. From there I can use any spur center I want

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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SASmith

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 03:14 AM

I use “A” in the above link. I drill a hole in the middle of the spindle then tap it enough with a rubber mallet to make the X indentation. I then cut the X with a pull saw ~1/4” deep. It seems to give a good bite this way without risk of splitting the spindle.
The best upgrade I have made to my shopsmith was a live center for the tailstock.
Do you have a live center on yours?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 05:15 AM

SASmith – - Before I went to the chuck approach I described above, I used your technique. It worked well. I just found it more time consuming and a bit more of a hassle than I cared for.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 04:03 PM

I do have a live center. I think we are going to end up welding something. Appreciate the input.

-- Dylan - www.arttwood.com -

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