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Turning for beginners, Part 1

Turning for beginners, Part 1

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Liz T20/09/2010 16:03:20
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Hopefully someone with a bit more experience than me can tell me why there are so many different spindle threads.
Through an inheritance I have acquired an Arundel K series lathe (at least  I think it''s a K series) and then through trawling around on the web I think I''ve established that it has a 24 x 3mm spindle thread. The next stage was to purchase the means for bowl turning. (face plate or chuck?)
but.............. they don''t seem to have the right threads on them. I apologise for my complete ignorance on such topics, but I''m a newbie on the lathe, although have managed a between centres piece. (sort of ). Do I have to get an adapter to, say, convert it to a 3/4in x16tpi? Which by my maths, probably wouldn''t work. Do I get rid of the lathe and buy a "normal" one? or do I give up on my dreams of making bowls for the family Christmas presents?
Please help!
 
 
Sparky20/09/2010 17:31:15
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Hi Liz and welcome to the forum
 
I've had a look on the web and noticed a chuck size for a Nova chuck, its given as M24 x 3 RH B Line, Arundel K600 K450, I'm not sure the 3 is 3mm more like 3 inches and M24 is the size of the thread (or other way around )
 
Have a look on this page and see if any look like yours ►► here ◄◄

I'm sure a few members on here will know more about this type of lathe and will post their comments later.
 
In the meantime, try to see if there are any other markings on the lathe (go easy as there heavy!) as this will help in finding the right size for you. You could also fill in your profile to give a rough idea where you are as a member may live local and could help that way.
 
 
Hope this helps.
 
Marc

Edited By sparky on 21/09/2010 22:48:11

Dave Atkinson20/09/2010 20:38:36
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Hi Liz
 
M24 is the diameter of the spindle and the 3 is the pitch of the threads (3mm) so the chuck Sparky refers to will be correct. (RH refers to Right Hand thread)
 
record power sell Nova chucks and have the appropriate sized inserts (www.recordpower.co.uk - go to the products page)
 
Or have a word with Peter Hemsley at The Toolpost about the Versachuck.  This page from his site shows your spindle size.

 
 This is the home page of the  Toolpost  website

 
As to why there are so many I guess it's all to do with making us buy news chucks when we change lathes!
 
Hope this all helps
 

Cheers Dave 

Edited By sparky on 21/09/2010 23:27:40

Sparky20/09/2010 20:50:42
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Thanks for that Dave.
 
Just goes to show what I know about chucks.....I guessed 3 inches instead of 3mm like Liz mentioned


Both the Super Nova & Nova chucks need Insert I ( letter i ) (HNS) : M24 x 3 RH B Line Arundel K600 K450.
 
PDF files for both manuals for the chucks are............

Edited By sparky on 21/09/2010 23:28:50

Liz T21/09/2010 11:55:55
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Wow, thanks guys! Definately a K series! I think the bigger one though, must measure it to be sure. I'll check out the nova chucks, and then get on to making some works of art! Just a couple more things........ are chucks better than face plates? and what size face plate would be the smallest I could get away with?
Oh and while I'm at it.... if the pulley belt ever breaks, are they easily sourced?
Thanks muchly!!
Liz
Dave Atkinson21/09/2010 13:23:35
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Hi Liz
 
I would buy a chuck with a screw (They usually come with one) then you put the screw in the chuck, screw on the blank and turn the bottom of the bowl with either a spigot or recess to fit the chuck.
 
Then you turn it round and use the chuck jaws to grip the spigot or expand into the recess,
 
You can also buy faceplate rings which you fix to the blank and then grip with the chuck - i have those as well. 
 
Your profile says you are based in Leicestershire and  I would recommend you joing a club have a look at the AWGB website www.woodturners.co.uk or the northern federation site www.nfwg.co.uk  Both sites have a list of clubs and the members will be pleased to help you.
 
There are many good books that you may like to look at.  i think most of us would recommend Woodturning a Foundation Course by Keith Rowley.  You may also like to book a course (ideal christmas present).  There is a list of people who provide training on the AWGB website.  
 
Hope that all helps
 
Cheers Dave 
Dave Atkinson21/09/2010 13:34:53
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Hi again Liz
 
Just googled arundel lathe spares and came up with a number of suppliers.  You could try Peter Child http://www.peterchild.co.uk/
 
 
Just have a google  
 
Final word of advice - i would buy a chuck with an insert and then if you change your lathe and the new one has a different spindle size (which it's bound to!) you can just change the insert in your chuck
 
Cheers Dave 
dennis wake21/09/2010 20:29:29
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hi Marc
  i am unable to read this posting as the adds are across the script has any one els got a problem.
  dennis
Sparky21/09/2010 20:33:58
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Hi Dennis
 
All looks OK to me mate, is there anyone else having a problem with this thread?
 
Marc
Joe O 321/09/2010 21:20:49
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Hi Marc and Dennis,
I had that problem yesterday evening but it is cured today
Joe
Dave Atkinson21/09/2010 21:27:26
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Good spot Dennis
I hadn't noticed before but when I go up to the top of the thread the ads oin the Right obscure the text,  Just seems to be this thread.
 
Cheers Dave 
 
Sparky21/09/2010 22:01:01
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Is it stil like it now?
dennis wake21/09/2010 22:22:09
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shure is mate
Sparky21/09/2010 22:27:58
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What about now?
Dave Atkinson21/09/2010 22:43:57
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still there now

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