Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: Young Harris, GA
Old Wood Lathe ID
Hello all! I have inherited an old belt driven woodworking lathe and am very excited to get started working with it. It has been awhile since it was used, so I first went to break everything but the headstock spindle down to apply some wd-40 and general cleaning. When I went to turn it on it looked like everything was working fine, but when I put a small block onto the lathe and turned it on, the spindle did not spin (just the spindle pulley). Because of this I wanted to break down the entire spindle and have a look at what was going on.
I kinda wish I had posted before doing this, but every part seemed to be firmly stuck on. After many days of P.B. Blaster and slow leverage with a crowbar, I got the back collet/threaded piece off. I had already taken the set screws out of the front collet and spindle pulley and removed the front plate. Unfortunately the back bearing was also very stuck. I eventually got it off through the same slow process of P.B. Blaster and crowbar, but when it was almost off I wasn't able to gain any leverage to remove it the last little bit. I got a little impatient and brought in the dead-blow hammer. This did get the bearing off, but I accidentally cracked a piece of the spindle pulley off.
Long story short: I would really appreciate help ID'ing the lathe as the serial # and make and model are not present. Anyone's opinion on the state of the spindle would be greatly appreciated. It looks like two patches have been filled or something were the spindle pulley set screws are supposed to tighten down, I don't know if this is normal. Just to the left of these patches (or towards the front of the spindle) a raised mark is preventing the front collet from sliding down and being removed. The front bearing doesn't want to move, and I don't see a C-Clamp holding it in place.
Of secondary importance, the other belt driven tools I inherited all had a way to adjust the tension to change the speed of the belt on the pulleys or remove it entirely. I could not see a way to do this on the lathe and simply cut the belt off as it needed replacing anyways. The motor is bolted down to a board and the board is bolted to the lathe table. The headstock didn't have any adjustments either.
Of third importance, I'm not sure what threading the front and back of the headstock spindle are. Any help identifying them would be amazing
Of final importance, I was wondering how you normally handle multiple tools for the tailstock quill. I'm looking at getting a 60 degree cone and am not sure how to attach it. I don't think I can remove the current piece in my tailstock quill, do you normally purchase a quill per tool or should there be a way to switch them out.
I've attached a bunch of photos of the lathe and the broken down headstock spindle. I really appreciate everyone's time and help on this.