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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 07-25-2019 12:14 PM

Gordo, the link shows a light duty version of the banjo I’m using and it is way over priced for what it is. Besides, the banjo shown doesn’t accommodate a 1” post. I don’t have a ready picture, but I do remember posting a link to an ebay picture like what I have. Yes, mine uses a 1” post The google fu turned up this sturdy home made one. As mentioned somewhere above, I broke the tool rest holder on one of mine, too. A good aluminum welder could repair and beef it up sufficiently. Might be half the cost of even a used Delta banjo. A “standard” slot nut that fits the underbolt was a trivial adaptation for the banjo. Most any banjo can be adapted, but I highly recommend 1” or over for tool post.

This is a good shot I had showing the whole wood lathe setup, including the Delta banjo. Notice the cool caliper setting thingy on top of the headstock. It allows quick setting of inside and outside calipers by putting the scale V into two different slots that present setting surfaces. Custom tail stock has same threads as head stock.

cyeks, I can measure the spacing on the Fox torsion spring hub and it MIGHT be the same. However, I’ve never had the need to remove it. I simply removed the headstock, carriage, and tubes with the hinge locks applied FIRMLY. If you disassemble, putting the correct tension back is a little poke and hope. The good news is that precision isn’t important. Just don’t forget the explosive power in that torsion spring. It’s worth every precaution you can take. If your carriage is powered, then you will have wiring to tinker with.

Edit: If you lock the auxilliary table (you know, the narrow one with miter slot) in the tail stock bracket, that will act as a safety for the spring tension. It can’t unwind with those tubes sticking down to the casting.


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