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Forum topic by justinwdemoss posted 06-23-2010 02:01 AM 9779 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2010 02:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shopcraft lathe pen turning chuck mandrel 2 morse taper jorgensen dead center live center question turning

I just purchased a Shopcraft Lathe from a craigslist add for $50 (Included a full set of craftsman chisels and gouges.). I took a pen turning class at my local woodworking shop and now I want to try it at home, but the lathe appears to only have a dead center on the tail and something very similar to it on the spindle. When removed, the spindle is a 1/2” 16 thread. The tail stock is female and the dead center is male 1/2” 16 thread. I think that I need a live center for the tail and am planning to order the entire Jorgensen tail assembly to see if it fits. I saw a post of someone selling this lathe as a starter, and had a chuck in the tail with a live center held in it. Not sure how the chuck went into the tail.

All this aside, I have no idea what to do with the mandrel for the pen turning with the current spindle (again a male 1/2” 16 thread with a female dead center type. I think this piece is similar to the Jorgensen “screw center”. Pen mandrels have a #2 morse taper and I have no way of putting that in the lathe.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 10:39 AM


I also recently purchased a new in the box (but a bit old) Shopcraft Lathe and have the same problem. I am searching for a female 1/2 20 to male 3/4 16 adapter, however, I have not found one as of yet. I may end up making one. If you have found a solution please share. If you think the adapter will work and you need one I will keep you posted on my search or design. Sheila

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