Shopsmith Lathe: What else do i need?

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Forum topic by pashley posted 05-22-2008 03:50 PM 1026 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2008 03:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shopsmith lathe

I was given a shopsmith, one of the green machines, and I am trying to use it as a lathe. Never owned a lathe before. I am confused as to what else I need to make it a useful lathe. I have pictures to show you what I have now. What else do I need?

Also, I will be doing primarily table legs – no bowls or pens.

I’d appreciate any help!

Here's the pic

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 05-22-2008 07:54 PM

You need a chuck to go on the head unit to hold the one center. Also you will need a tool rest and some chisels. Do not foget to get a face sheild, the flying chips can be painfull if they hit your eyes(so I have heard).

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#2 posted 05-23-2008 09:51 AM

Shop smiths are like Hoover vacuums. Everything that you need is in that box …........SOMEWHERE…........

-- Backwoods Sawyer Portable Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 05-24-2008 04:58 AM

I will add another thing: live tail center. It is not too expensive. I used the one in the pic and kept burning a hole in the end of my turning.

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