Adapting my old lathe for newer chucks
Brand spanking new to turning. Don't even own any tools yet, but I do have a lathe. Another hobby of mine is restoring and using antique tools, and I've seen a lot of posts here from people whose grandfather gave them a lathe or something, and I'm hoping you can help me out.
I have a late 1940s Powr-Kraft 28" benchtop lathe that I got with a bunch of other tools out of a barn. I took it apart and went through everything and now I'm looking to actually put a piece of wood in it.
It has a 1/2" dead center tailstock (non-removable) and a 1/2"-20 threaded headstock, whcih also came with a 4-spur drive.
As I understand it, I can use this just fine as-is, with a few compromises.
However, to make the machine more versatile I'm searching around trying to adapt other chucks to it.
For the headstock, I should be able to put a threaded bushing to adapt the 1/2-20 thread up to 3/4 or 1"-8 and basically use any available drive accessory, no? Anyone ever seen a 1/2-20x1-8 theraded bushing?
For the non-removable dead center tailstock, I know what I'd like to do but can't figure out if something's out there. I figure to adapt a live center or even a drill chuck to this, I should be able to have a collar with a set screw that slides over the dead center and the set screw locks it in place. A bearing would be pressed on to this collar, and the live center point pressed over the bearing. Fairly simple to do but unfortunately everything I find is Morse tapered. To run a chuck I shouldn't even need the bearing, just a threaded collar to mount the chuck on with a set screw for the tailstock. Anyone ever seen pieces like this?
Thanks a lot,