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The lathe belongs to Anton, is in G10, and is free for hackspace members to use.

Inducted users only. You can requests inductions on the Google Group.

The headstock has 1“ x 8 tpi thread for a chuck. Both headstock and tailstock are MT 2.

Please follow sensible safety rules:

  • wear eye protection
  • don't wear long dangly things (clothes, hair, jewellery)
  • make sure workpiece is secure and can rotate freely before switching on
  • if you use hands on the rotating workpiece (sanding or polishing), do so on the opposite side of the work, away from the toolrest, to avoid getting fingers trapped.


Drive Centre

A drive center, also known as a grip center, is used in the driving end of a machine (headstock). It is often used in woodworking or where softer materials are machined.

Live Centre

A revolving center, also known as a live center, allows higher turning speeds while avoiding burning and also produces greater clamping pressures

Face Plate

A lathe faceplate is a basic workholding accessory for a wood turning lathe. It is a circular metal (usually cast iron) plate which fixes to the end of the lathe spindle. The workpiece is then clamped to the faceplate, typically using t-nuts in slots in the faceplate, or less commonly threaded holes in the faceplate itself.

(image coming soon!)

Tool Rest Extension Arm

The Extension Arm is a very useful accessory and enables the user the turn larger diameter pieces - especially when you rotate the headstock 45 - 90°

Clarke Independent 4 Jaw Chuck

Record Power Automatic Self Centering Chuck / Faceplate Set

Purchased in May 2018 - This chuck set includes an automatic self centering 4 jack chuck, 4 attachable jaxs (for tenons), face plate , threaded Center, Chuck Key and 2 x allan keys for accessories. Please clean after use and apply oil as required to keep chuck for siezing/rusting

Record Power 1/2Inch Drill Head MT2 - For Tailsstock

Purchased in May 2018 - This MT2 Drill Head consists of the Head Stock, MT2 Shaft and Headstock Key. Please clean after use and apply oil as required to keep chuck from siezing/rusting

Authorised Inductors

Persons not on this list may not carry out inductions. Friendly help and helpful advice is encouraged.
Contact for induction via members forum.

Name Inducted Date Inducted By
Ryan D Hale N/A N/A

Inducted Hackspace Members

You may not use the lathe if you have not been inducted and are not on this list.

Name Inducted Date Status
Christopher Jamieson 2018-06-26 Inducted by RDH
Felix Howitt 2018-07-19 Inducted by RDH
David Grundy 2018-07-26 Inducted by RDH
Richard Lawrence 2018-07-26 Inducted by RDH
Matt Fowler 2018-09-13 Inducted by RDH
Mike Hawker 2018-10-18 Inducted by RDH
Ali Fraser 2019-01-10 Inducted by RDH
Jack Grace 2019-01-17 Inducted by RDH
Alex Loveday 2019-01-17 Inducted by RDH
Steve Thomson 2019-01-17 Inducted by RDH
Sam Castillo 2019-02-07 Inducted by RDH


25/10/2018 - Fixed Speed Control - Ryan Hale - Kinetic friction cones had seized on the Motor shaft. Cleaned and lubricated and now moving freely and fully working again.

NOTE I Did notice that both the motor cones and the shaft cones have chunks taken out of them. I don't see this as a safety concern as the cones and pulley are shielded by a heavy metal plate/cover. The only detrimental affect may be that the pulley belt may wear out and ultimately snap prematurely or it may have chance to jump off and will need putting back on. - That said I will look into prices for replacement cones

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