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I got a central machinery 12x36 lathe. Was wondering if anyone knew what size of spur center or what size of tooling it takes?

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I am on my 2nd lathe of this same model.
it takes a 1"x8 thread. and your choice of spurs, points, chucks,
faceplates, etc. and a #2 Morse Taper tailstock. (MT2).
what do you mean by "tooling" ?
you mean the hand-held gouges ? you use whatever works for you
in the project you are doing. the HF set is a good entry level set.
tell us more about your experience with turning.

Edit: it is a very good idea to make a plywood base that the frame
legs can be bolted to. that way, you can use bags of sand to keep it
from dancing or moving around - which is more safe.

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I'm looking for a good live center, a spur center and some jaws. All I got right now is a live center, which the point just broke off, face plate, and some Mandel's for pens. Really like to get into turning more than just pens. Would like to try to do a bowl and go from there. I will have to get some turning tools also.

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Stemy - I got all my lathe accessories from E-Bay.
now that China is having problems in their warehouses with the virus,
it may take longer than usual to get what you need.
no matter where you buy them - check the "Shipped From" block to
save you some grief in delivery times.
I've got a USPS box full of accessories that took a couple of years
to assemble. just get what you need when you see a need for it.

do you have the two flat steel wrenches for the headstock nuts ?
it will make life oh so much easier if you do.

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I operate two of those HF lathes as well as an old high school shop Delta floor model All MT2 tapers and all 1x8 threads. so everything can be used on any of the lathes. Live centers with interchangeable points come in real handy. I dislike spur centers and avoid them when I can. A stub center or as Alan Lacer uses a plain dead cup center with a notch or two ground in for traction. It is intended to slip if you get a catch, rather than a spur center which bites the wood and keeps it spinning. I have even been known to just stick small items into the MT2 taper and turn, using the friction of the wood against the metal to drive the piece.

Ebay is a decent place to pick up tools and tooling, although in the past year, flea markets and yard sales have been very good to me. An MT2 taper with a half inch Jacobs chuck comes in very handy, either for holding and turning small items or for drilling on the lathe.
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What turning tools are needed to do a bowl? That is one main things I want to try and do.

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I do not have the flat wrench for the headstock.


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you really need two flat wrenches for the headstock.
it is a 1-1/4". your options would be to dedicate a Crescent Wrench
or two open-ended wrenches. you will have to grind down the faces
a little to fit between the machine and the faceplate, chuck, or whatever.
some chuck nuts are bigger and a Crescent Wrench will work fine.
check your local pawn shops to see what you can modify with a grinder
to make it work. with a 4" angle grinder and a metal cut-off blade,
you can cut up an old lawn mower blade to make a really nice wrench.
good luck in all your projects !!

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the reason I know so much about this is that on my last home move,
I lost the wrench. it drove me nuts every time I had to remove something
from the headstock. I don't use my lathe much anymore. but it is nice
to have all the appropriate tools when you need them.

Edit: a quick E-Bay search turned up this one for $10.00 with free shipping.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Delta-W....c100903.m5276

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Can I get a replacement tool rest for this lathe? Or what's out there can use?

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Is banjo good or you also needing banjo? What is diameter of tool rest hole? Important matching post size with tool rest hole size in banjo.

Many tool rests, many designs, many sizes. Everybody liking different designs. Maybe asking friends, looking their tool rests. Cast iron cheaper but needing maintenance filing after hard catches. Hard steel top better and staying smoother.
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Just my tool rest. Right in the middle is worn down.. looks like the shaft is 1".

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