First Post/ Craftsman Lathe Part needed
This is my first post on the site. I live in Austin, Texas, and my primary woodworking activity is turning. I make bowls and cutting boards out of mesquite for family and friends and basically enjoy the activity of it more than anything. I also often make something called a Hawaiian Sling which is a tool for spearfishing, one of my other pastimes.
My lathe is an old Craftsman. Model number is 351.21717. She's lived a hard life and is missing the Hex nut originally provided for backing the dead center out of the head stock. Currently I have to beat on anything inserted into the headstock to get it out. Not good. I tried to find the part, but it seems to be discontinued. Is there a way to buy a replacement for this item? I could also just buy a nut and weld a ring on it to serve the same purpose. I'm just not sure of the best way to get such a nut (I should probably be able to figure that out, but any insight is appreciated.)
Thanks in advance for any info.
Last edited by Powers; 05-06-2011 at 01:28 PM.