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emiliof

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358 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe

Hi there!

I bought the sort of vintage lathe whose photos I attach. It was really cheap and it feels really sturdy.

I don´t know what kind of lathe it is, I think it wasn´t made for wood turning. The person who sold it to me didn’t know either, it belonged to a grandfather of his wife. It comes with a pole or shaft or whatever it is called, as well as a cutting disc. It looks like an overkilling pipe cutter.

I intend to use it as a wood lathe… unless, of course, there is a good reason for not doing it.

Apart from the pictures I can give you some other clues to know what kind of lathe it is. The only references to a brand are: (1) the sign “General” on the tool rest and (2) the motor brand, which is General Electric, made in USA. However, the motor could have been attached later.

This motor is 3/4 HP, 1750 RPM. Based on the relation between the ratios of the pulley wheels, the spindle turns at about 600 RPM.

Does anybody know what kind of lathe I bought? :-)

Thanks a lot,

Emilio

-- Emilio


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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 358 days ago

I am guessing a secondary Lathe (for controlling speed??)
for a larger metal working lathe,

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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MrFid

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#2 posted 358 days ago

Agree with James, although it sort of looks like the machine that they use to cut blinds to size at the home centers. I am not 100% on how you plan to mount a workpiece onto it, but where there’s a will there’s a way! Best of luck with your project and we look forward to seeing turnings!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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floyd1365

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#3 posted 358 days ago

general is the brand of ruler that is screwed to it. another vote for a cutter. the disc being the cutter. there is no drive spur only centers, one of which has a clamp around it which spins.

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Loren

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#4 posted 358 days ago

I’ve seen something like this before I think… maybe a tool
you wind paper onto and then both sides can be trimmed
to width for running through a printing press or adding machine
or something like that.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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emiliof

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#5 posted 358 days ago

Thanks a lot!

Your clues guided me to a better googling of the artifact :-)

Indeed, it seems to be a device called “lathe slitting machine”. A demonstration of one of those devices is shown here:

http://youtu.be/WwDyx9pHd8Q

I am sure I can make a basic wood lathe out of it, considering that I have seen in youtube several lathes made with power drills, not to mention hand and foot powered lathes! :-)

In fact, when I bought it, I thought I coud replace the cutting disc with a circular saw blade or an edged grinding disc or something like that, which should be fastened so that they won´t rotate.

Anyway, if I get a woodturning fever I´ll buy a decent lathe :-)

Thanks again.

-- Emilio

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emiliof

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#6 posted 356 days ago

Hi again!

I am a bit more excited about this “lathe slitting machine” since yesterday, when I asked a locksmith to duplicate a key.

While looking at the process, I realized that the machine for duplicating keys is quite similar to this lathe slitting machine.

My project for converting it into a wood lathe will include the possibility of making a lathe duplicator.

It doesn´t seem straightforward, though, because the disc support is cast iron made, very heavy and I will have to use some kind of counterweight.

If I succeed, I´ll send you some photos, cheers

Emilio

-- Emilio

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