Nut and Centre

Progress is slow at the moment, due to family health issues among other things; not me so far though - unless you count being short and bald as a health problem!


Planer Support Nut

However, I've been working slowly through the first drawer of bits and pieces trying to clean them up and identify them. Quite a few have been chucked straight out as clearly not related to the lathe at all. Quite a few others emerged from the layers of sawdust as largely unrelated beat-up old tools (mostly files) and spanners which probably fit some of the components of the machine. Nice, but not essential; spanners I got.

However, a couple of things surfaced which cheered me.


Tailstock Revolving Centres

The first was a large nut (no monkey) which after being cleaned up appears to fit onto the end of the bar which supports the planer attachment. That's helpful; means I can attach it, even if a drive belt has yet to emerge for it. Drive belts, however, are easy to source.

The next discoveries were even more significant. My reading has taught me that turning comes in two flavours; between centres and faceplate. For between centre turning, one needs a spiky bit at the RH end (a tailstock centre) and a spiky, grippy bit at the LH end (a headstock). Today I unearthed not one, but three tailstock revolving centres. From what I read, a stable and well-balanced revolving centre rather than a fixed tailstock centre is a feature of a better-quality lathe, which is what the Coronet Major appears to be.


Tailstock with the centre installed

In point of fact, I don't think the leftmost of these three belongs to this machine at all. The fitting is completely different, and it's made of a different metal; it looks like stainless steel. Two should be enough though!

Next I need to find the headstock; once I have that, and have worked out whether I can attach that without getting the chuck off, I should in theory have a basic between-centres turning lathe ready to test.

See the Research page for information on a book which has started to illuminate the vast, dark caverns of my ignorance of the art of Woodturning...

4th October 2015