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    I have an old lathe a Drummond flatbed with a good high quality crosslide it has quite a few slots in it.Could it be removed, as the lathe in question has no tailstock and used as a suitable vertical slide on a standard lathe, possibly with a bit of fudging/aterations being mmade here and there has anyone ever attempted this? Alistair
    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

  • #2
    From all the hobby books I've seen coming out of the UK, I figured that was a foregone conclusion. Neat things like boring tables and other useful lathe gadgets seem to have been much more commonplace over there. I guess where many of us in the USA may not be as limited for space perhaps we tend to preferr more and larger "toys."


    • #3
      The brits from what I can see specially in thw woodworking magazines are way way behind the Americans with their workshops. And are in my opinion only just waking up to the idea that a shop can be really pleasurable. It does not have to be so that they are constantly up to their waist in wooddust and down to their shoulders in cobwebs.Many of the magazines here show owners workshops most of them are dingy dirty little tin sheds left over from old badly constructed war raid shelters.It always surprises me how anyone can enjoy them selves in these dirty damp depressing conditions where the tools rust faster than you can drink down your tea.I and some of the new people to wake up to the more American idea of what a shop should be (and remember I am only talking about it for a hobby) as I realise that a full production shop cannot always be built for pleasure and is there to make money but even then they can as the Americans have shown us time and again pleasent.We are slowly learning and changing here ever since the Norm Abram television videos, and people are starting very slowly as I say to get it into their heads that investment in the shop is neccesery to make it really feel good to be there. And realise also that the old scredriver dad left you when he died is not useful for many many things but that good tools are a joy to have and to own. Alistair
      Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


      • #4
        Hey Alistair,
        There's nothing wrong with that screwdriver my Dad left me.
        I still have my Granddads original hammer.
        It's had three new heads and five new shafts but is as good as it was the day it was made.

        OK joke time over.

        No there is no reason you can't use it. All a vertical slide is after all are the same castings.
        It's not always possible to go out and buy the required part . Either time or cash can stop that.

        Go to and see the trepanning tool I made from an old Myford cross slide.
        This was a result of finding out at the last moment that a large 4 foot diameter bed plate which had been sent out to be bored for a 5" bearing had come back minus the 'O'ring seal groove. This kludged up tool mounted in a magnetic based drill was able to machine the seal groove.
        Remember you only get paid for what goes out the door.

        John S.

        [This message has been edited by John Stevenson (edited 03-08-2003).]

        Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.


        • #5
          No problems doing that Alistair. I think it was Len Mason ,in one of his books, showed how to make one from the top slide.


          • #6
            John you must get one thing clear in your head you are no ordinary guy. When it comes to inginuity I am sure you could make a anything with dads old hammer and screwdriver unlike most of us.
            Seriously I know you have a very good and well equipped shop not like the people I was commenting on.
            Also I must take time to say I read an article about the toolpost/toolholder you made/designed a real beauty ver clever.
            Incidently I have a few things here in a box given to me by a lady friend of mine who's husband died and left them she gave them to meI know that they are lathe related and would like your opinion as to what they are. Would You mind me sending you a few photos to see if you can fathon out what they are as all others I have asked are scratching their heads as well as myself. regards Alistair
            Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


            • #7
              Please xcuse bad spelling my hands are not doing what they are told today with regard hitting the right keys Alistair
              Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


              • #8
                Alistaaiir- I too have a bad case of "finger stutter"


                • #9
                  Finger stutter I like that. Alistair
                  Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease