Hello again! I've been absent for a while here due to some personal issues and having to do some other things.
Yesterday, my husband and a friend of ours helped me get my old Shopsmith setup and inventoried. While the motor needs to be re-wired, it works!! The motor turns on, and the arbor turns. I can even slide all movable parts back and forth on the railways. I was absolutely delighted to see the old thing working.
The Shopsmith I have is labeled "ER" and I believe it's the one marketed by Montgomery Ward's after WWII. It's got a low serial number, I think it's 43092 (I'm not down in the shop right now). There were a lot of "parts" chunked in with it when I bought it some years ago, and I've now got them inventoried. I have a complete table saw setup (including some incredibly rusted blades and a dado set complete with all the chippers), and a bunch of rusty drill bits. Fortunately, the lathe tool rest was also there as well as the lathe tail stock and a couple tail pieces for lathe mounting.
What I'm concerned with is getting a chuck for it. As I understand it, it's a 5/8" 8tpi on the spindle (quill). Since I'm really REALLY a newbie at lathe anything, I would assume I need to get a chuck that mounts to this? Or do I take that out and mount a smooth, keyed piece and mount a chuck to that? And if so, where do I get this piece?
I'll get some pictures of it today. It's really in pretty good shape considering it's been idle for many many years. Any help with this machine is welcome. I'd like to use it as a lathe, as I find myself with the "urge to turn" lately!
I keep cuttin, but it just ain't gettin any longer!!!