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Posted on Help confirming my vintage lathe & accessories

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#1 posted 07-20-2018 09:57 PM

”The old tools will be fine for spindle turning but not for bowls. Looking good.”

You CAN turn bowls and other large turnings on some of these lathes. In the past I have turned a 30 inch diameter turning. You do this by using the other outboard end of the headstock. Look carefully to see if it is threaded or has a Morse taper. This allows you to adapt suitable fittings to hold the work. The tool rest can be made from plumbing pipe fittings to make a floor-standing tool rest. Works great!

But be advised that these large turnings need to be pretty well balanced in their rough form as the shaking of the lathe can be pretty large from the imbalance when you get started. You sometimes need to have the lathe weighted down or bolted down.

I have a Delta 12” lathe very similar to the one in the photos that I used for outboard turnings. Looking at your photos, it appears there is a threaded outboard end of the headstock shaft. If so, you should be in business.

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