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    I picked up a 16" lathe faceplate today for cheap at a yard sale. Probably could get my money back by scrapping it.

    It appears to have once been a D type, as it has six tapped holes in the back mounting boss where maybe once lugs were mounted. There are also smaller holes tapped right next to the lug holes, don't know how the thing was actually mounted. Maybe D1-5.

    I doubt it has much value to a machinist. I'm wondering if it might make itself useful elsewhere in my shop. Small welding table? Industrial looking end table?

    It has big cast/machined slots in it, at least big enough for Bridgeport table clamps to work on it.

    Ideas? - thanks

    metalmagpie

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    Face Plate

    It's probably a D1-6 or D1-8 mounting. Could you use it as a rotary welding positioning table? Turn by hand or small gear motor when welding pipe or other round objects or just to turn the project to different sides for square objects.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by metalmagpie
      I doubt it has much value to a machinist.

      maybe. me, I wouldn't sleep well if I had a lathe without a faceplate.....kind of like the spare tire, might need it 5 years from now, maybe never, but it's good that it's there. I've used them plenty over the years, although mounting a 16" would cause a deep breath and moment of psyching up!

      if you sell, don't expect a buyer next week, but leave it up on kijiji or CL if you use that and someone will happen along.

      mounting; the pins screw into the holes. each pin has a groove. The groove is oriented toward the second tapped hole and a cap head screw stops the pin from rotating - the pin isn't supposed to be tight, just sticking out the right distance
      .

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      • #4
        I once resurrected a bench drill with a cheese holed table by using a faceplate off an old scrap lathe
        .

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



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        • #5
          Use it as a marking-out plate or a lesser surface plate to save your face plate.

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          • #6
            Wish it would ship cheap I'd buy it & make it fit the 17" LeBlond. I have one but not that big.
            "Let me recommend the best medicine in the
            world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant
            country, in easy stages."
            ~ James Madison

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            • #7
              You can attach it on top of your smaller rotary table when needed.

              Or you can use it as a frisbee when playing with your mother-in-law.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MichaelP
                Or you can use it as a frisbee when playing with your mother-in-law.
                Or train for the next summer Olympics.

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                • #9
                  Use it to press Tortilla, or flowers, or...

                  BBQ griddle - slots for grease drain though.

                  Find another and make wheels for a cool welding bottle cart.

                  Find 3 more and put them on a "killer" Radio Flyer. Where was all this stuff when I was 10?

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                  • #10
                    On a D1-6 mount there are 6 holes on a 5-1/4" circle. The smaller holes are to lock the mount studs in place. On this plate do you mount the tee-nuts from the back or does it actually have slots where you can slide the nuts in from the side? The latter type are quite rare and would likely be somewhat sought after--for some setups they're much easier to use...
                    Keith
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                    Just one project too many--that's what finally got him...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LKeithR
                      On a D1-6 mount there are 6 holes on a 5-1/4" circle. The smaller holes are to lock the mount studs in place. On this plate do you mount the tee-nuts from the back or does it actually have slots where you can slide the nuts in from the side? The latter type are quite rare and would likely be somewhat sought after--for some setups they're much easier to use...
                      From the back, sigh. Still, there are the kind that you can put in from the top and give a twist and then they're locked in the tightening direction.

                      I now figure it's a D1-8 faceplate with the mounting lugs missing. They're generally available but cost a mind-boggling $25 apiece, yow.

                      I'm leaning more and more towards an industrial arts end table.

                      metalmagpie

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                      • #12
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                        • #13
                          Rotary collet rack , if there isnt too much webbing in the way.


                          all the best.markj

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                          • #14
                            maybe. me, I wouldn't sleep well if I had a lathe without a faceplate
                            I have the reverse problem, I couldn't sleep having a face plate with out a lathe to put it on. I think you can now justify 'needing' a lathe to the missus.

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                            • #15
                              You can look at is as a project.......

                              With a big heavy faceplate, I'd be thinking "home built mini-Bullard"....

                              A nice friendly-sized VTL could be pretty handy to have, the stuff that is big in diameter tends not to be so long..... Unless you turn rollers or boiler parts.
                              1601

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