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  • stevem
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    here is my original "baby" craftmaster from years back

    single pulley on the furnace fan motor which was hinged to the bench

    havent found that spindle yet, i know its here somewhere

    and to all with this little lathe, oneway has an adaptor for it, i use my oneway talon on it. thread is 3/4 by 10

    i also have a spur drive(threadon) if anybody needs one

    i replaced the bushings a couple of years ago, one was badly worn on both lathes. spindle is much tighter now but dont crankup the tailstock

    pressure!

    and here is one of the early projects from it!

    wheel hubs, headlights, rims and few other bits

    Last edited by stevem; 01-07-2021, 07:46 PM.

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  • furious
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    Originally posted by stevem View Post

    i think i have a spare spindle!! no morse taper, just a solid spindle, should be in good shape though. i'll take a look
    That would be amazing! Thanks!

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  • stevem
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    Originally posted by furious View Post
    Sweet! I have the exact same lathe..

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    It's an old picture, right from when I bought it a couple years ago. I've cleaned it up and have modified it some since. Unfortunately, the PO completely destroyed the threads on the outboard side of the spindle, and broke about 1/2" of the threads on the drive side. I'm hoping to get a new spindle made, as the probability of finding an original seems to be highly unlikely.
    i think i have a spare spindle!! no morse taper, just a solid spindle, should be in good shape though. i'll take a look

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  • tool fan
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    Mine had the same patina when I got it. Removing the rust was the hardest part. Thankfully the head and tailstocks are cast aluminum and all that I had to do there was wire brush off the paint. Here's what I started with (picture from the seller).

    It was interesting to read about your first lathe Steve. Thanks for digging that up.

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  • furious
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    Sweet! I have the exact same lathe..

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    It's an old picture, right from when I bought it a couple years ago. I've cleaned it up and have modified it some since. Unfortunately, the PO completely destroyed the threads on the outboard side of the spindle, and broke about 1/2" of the threads on the drive side. I'm hoping to get a new spindle made, as the probability of finding an original seems to be highly unlikely.
    Last edited by furious; 01-05-2021, 09:51 AM.

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  • stevem
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    the bigger craftmaster is a rare piece anywhere!
    there was a ;listing for a mastercraft lathe on kijiji and a picture of this cm, just the lathe, nothing else under a bench 10 minutes away from me, i recognized it and picked it up

    the stand and jackshaft was the one i had under my beaver. i added the 8 inch pulley to the jackshaft because the cm has a very close ratio 4 speed at the headstock. the motor end of the jack shaft uses three different belt lengths to get proper combinations for different speeds

    the baby cm is great little pen lathe and i have an adaptor for my talon. mt#1 accessories are not as common, i'll be looking into ring making stuff for it, right now i'm doing that on the big lathe. it also needs a reverse switch. it's setup more for travel, collapsible stand etc etc

    i'll search for a pic of my original baby, i tried yesterday but the forum search doesnt go back that far any more!

    LOL, i found it, my baby cm from 2007 when i first started turning!!

    new to turning - Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement Forum

    some comments from some old familiar names
    Last edited by stevem; 01-05-2021, 08:03 AM.

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  • tool fan
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    That big Craftmaster is a rare lathe in this part of the world. Last year there was one in a local online estate auction. There were a lot of extras including a vfd. I pushed the price to $500 and then quit. I didn't get it. I've seen 3 or 4 of the little ones, but this is the only one with a cast bed. That is a pretty nice set up that you have on yours.

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  • stevem
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    Originally posted by tool fan View Post

    Before I even looked at this one, I asked the seller about the bed and when he assured me that it was cast, I was sure that I was getting the bigger Craftmaster, the boat tail one. When I got there I was disappointed but not so much that I didn't buy this one. The ones with the sheet metal beds really are not very good, other than the appealing shape of the head and tailstocks.
    yes the bent steel bed sucked, the beaver was a huge stepup from my first "baby" craftmaster, the one have now(wooden bed) is a great little pen lathe

    here's my regular "boat tail" in its usual well used state, 4 speed jackshaft, 1 hp reversible, all the modern conveniences(except speed control)

    somewher on this forum is my original "baby" cm, complete with vicegrip on the tailstock, my fil was a duct tape and big hammer type of fixit guy!

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  • tool fan
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    Originally posted by stevem View Post
    Great looking spaceship!!

    there are some interesting variations on those little lathes

    a "baby" craftmaster was my first lathe, belonged to my father in law. it had solid spindles at both ends and a bent steel bed with no gap, where as yours has a cast bed with a gap!

    i found a second one in london a few years back, same bent steel bed but morse tapers #1 in both spindles!

    both had the same 3/4-10 tpi spindle thread

    i made a shorter wood bed for the rebuilt lathe(used parts from both) and i will use it doing demos at craftshows

    edit i just remembered another variation too! yours has a wheel on the tailstock as did my first one. my second one had a handle on the tailstock spindle

    Before I even looked at this one, I asked the seller about the bed and when he assured me that it was cast, I was sure that I was getting the bigger Craftmaster, the boat tail one. When I got there I was disappointed but not so much that I didn't buy this one. The ones with the sheet metal beds really are not very good, other than the appealing shape of the head and tailstocks.

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  • tool fan
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    Originally posted by Jacques Leclerc View Post
    I also have one of those and a little bit different; as a matter of fact I have the whole collection of Crafsmaster tools lol.. Click image for larger version

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    Jacques, you have Elroy's Dad George. That's the one I thought I was getting. The difference is the tailstock. Yours is the very cool boat tail version.

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  • tool fan
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    Thanks for the comments. I added a switch and a plate to allow holding the toolrest with the longer post on the outboard side.
    Last edited by tool fan; 01-04-2021, 07:42 PM.

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  • Jacques Leclerc
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    I also have one of those and a little bit different; as a matter of fact I have the whole collection of Crafsmaster tools lol.. Click image for larger version

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  • Leo Van Der Loo
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    It is a Golden machine Rory , nice combination, they did come like that apparently. the one toolrest has a rather long shaft on it, wonder what it did get used on, maybe there was a larger disk turning setup and the long shaft was needed for that.

    Quite nice lines on these lathes, and nice machines for some lucky new owners I do assume

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  • stevem
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    Great looking spaceship!!

    there are some interesting variations on those little lathes

    a "baby" craftmaster was my first lathe, belonged to my father in law. it had solid spindles at both ends and a bent steel bed with no gap, where as yours has a cast bed with a gap!

    i found a second one in london a few years back, same bent steel bed but morse tapers #1 in both spindles!

    both had the same 3/4-10 tpi spindle thread

    i made a shorter wood bed for the rebuilt lathe(used parts from both) and i will use it doing demos at craftshows

    edit i just remembered another variation too! yours has a wheel on the tailstock as did my first one. my second one had a handle on the tailstock spindle

    Last edited by stevem; 01-04-2021, 07:34 PM.

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  • beachburl
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    Nice refurbish.

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