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By DTR
#1058367
So, for some inexplicable reason, I bought a Super Adept a few weekends ago....

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We're not quite sure what we're going to use it for yet (Doris just thought it was cute!) but it could be useful for turning small bits. It's a shame the top / compound slide is missing, but not really a game-changer. Beneath the toolpost there is a threaded stud and bush. Both were turned on the wonk so I've already replaced both of those. The Adepts were never finished to a high standard, and I found that this one rocks because the bottom of the foot is a lumpy, unfinished casting. So I milled the bottom flat:

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The next thing to overcome is the spindle. The supplied chuck isn't much good, but the spindle nose is threaded 3/8" BSF, which isn't in common use for lathe chucks. So I've made up a new spindle with an M14 x 1 nose on the end. Shaft turned between centres in the hope that it will be somewhere close to concentric:

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Rotated end-for-end and turned down to 14mm for the nose:

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Screwcut the M14 thread on the nose:

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Milled a flat on the shaft for the driving pulley's grub screw:

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And finally installed on the Adept:

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By AES
#1060338
QUOTE: So, for some inexplicable reason, I bought a Super Adept a few weekends ago.... UNQUOTE:

I can think of several explanations, no trouble at all DTR! :D

Once again, VERY nice work, thanks for posting.

AES
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By DTR
#1062874
More work on the Adept.....

The bearings on the headstock and countershaft could do with some oil caps. I lined up the existing oil holes using whatever drill bit fit:

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Then drilled out and tapped M6. I used the pillar drill to keep the taper tap plumb:

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Then finished off away from the drill. It felt a bit odd tapping a metric thread into pre-war British cast iron....

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The oil caps don't sit flush due to the unfinished thread up by the shoulder....

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.... so I drilled out the first mm or so of the thread to give a clearance. Now if only I'd ordered enough oil caps......+
By graduate_owner
#1062889
Reading these posts makes me think I really MUST get back into the workshop. Get the decorating over wifh now, then a load of weeding and grass cutting, and perhaps I will be able to get turnng on my colchester. I have a thread adapter to make to allow me to use my chuck on 2 differently threaded headstocks ( graduate and viceroy). I haven't done much tbread work yet - should be a challenge.

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By DTR
#1070603
A bit of an update on the Super Adept.... Here it is mounted with the countershaft and motor on an oak plinth:

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The plinth is a bit undersize because it was a random offcut I had knocking about. It does the job though. I still need to buy a chuck, and figure out what to do with the tailstock.

I appreciate that a sense of scale can be lost with online photos, so to demonstrate the truly industrial proportions of the Super Adept, here it is next to a fully-grown Essex Lion:

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By DTR
#1071405
So Doris has a "third hand" type stand for when her carvings involve soldering, similar to this one...

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...but she found it a bit lacking. The latest project is to make a better engineered one:

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And with the croc clips borrowed from the original stand, until I make some better arms:


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By AES
#1071449
Once again, a LOVELY bit of knurling on the thumb screw DTR - and all the rest looks very "pro" too. Nice.

AES
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By woodpig
#1071471
That knurling does look good. Good enough to make yourself a wood turning texturing tool I would have thought?!
By AES
#1071478
And BTW DTR, I don't know what thread the mandrel/nose is on the Adept, but as you're looking for a chuck (s?), I can recommend Arc Euro Trade without hesitation - usual disclaimers. I bought a couple of bigger ones for my little Chinese lathe (3 & 4 jaw - backplate system, not threaded) and out of the box they were pretty accurate on run out (+/- 0.2 mm if I remember correctly) and at quite reasonable prices too I thought.

HTH

AES