Built from Stock Parts
Screw the parts tightly together and thenmount on a hardwood base as in Figure5. Later, when the countershaft, motorand motor mount are added to theassembly, a second piece is attached tothe first, making an L-shaped base aspictured in Figs. 1 and 2.Also at the onset it should be noted thatthe spindle-thread characteristics are notgiven. The reason for this is that chucksare available to fit spindles threaded½”-24, ½”-20 and ¾”-16. You can use a½” or ¾” spindle and have it threaded totake any one of these chucks. Theoriginal lathe spindle was threaded ½”-20and is suitable only for light work. A solidspindle is, of course, much simpler andless expensive to make or have madethan is a hollow spindle with a #0 or #1Morse taper. For turning work betweencenters, the solid spindle requires aspecial 60° center with driving pin (Figure5). This center and the spindle can bemade in a machine shop at a verynominal cost.