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P5aum

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Hi all,

A newbie to woodturning here.
Last week I picked myself up my first lathe and I am hoping if anyone can help me to identify the make and model of this one . The badge on the front is BLC (I think!) as per the attached photos but I cannot find anything yet from google.

Appreciate any help on this.
 

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Hi P5aum

Although I own the exact same BLC lathe, I also have not been able to gather much information about the manufacturer. I live in Norfolk and inherited the lathe from a dear old friend, who has now sadly pasted away, so am not able to gain any further details from him. I believe he originally purchased it new from East Dereham, Norfolk but I have no idea if it was from the original manufacturer or a supplier.

The only possible link I found related to the (BLC) was the Britan Lathe Company, based in Newmarket, Norfolk. That company ceased trading in 2005, but it appear to have manufactured metal lathes, whether they branched out into Wood turning lathe I cannot establish.

If you are able to gather any more information please let me know.

John
 

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Does it have any information elsewhere on the lathe, Serial number or product number. Does the motor have a rating plate??
 

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Hello all...
Writing as interested in Woodturning and being an ex engineer...I would say I used a Britain capstan when I was an apprentice circa 1972.
Good machine and well made...so hopefully your machine will prove a bargain
 

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Hi P5aum

Although I own the exact same BLC lathe, I also have not been able to gather much information about the manufacturer. I live in Norfolk and inherited the lathe from a dear old friend, who has now sadly pasted away, so am not able to gain any further details from him. I believe he originally purchased it new from East Dereham, Norfolk but I have no idea if it was from the original manufacturer or a supplier.

The only possible link I found related to the (BLC) was the Britan Lathe Company, based in Newmarket, Norfolk. That company ceased trading in 2005, but it appear to have manufactured metal lathes, whether they branched out into Wood turning lathe I cannot establish.

If you are able to gather any more information please let me know.

John
Hi John, if I find anything I will let you know. Just one question I am going to look for a new Chuck and trying to identify the thread on the spindle, do you know what this is?
Phil
 

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Hi John, if I find anything I will let you know. Just one question I am going to look for a new Chuck and trying to identify the thread on the spindle, do you know what this is?
Phil
So sorry not to have gotten back to you, I have not been on the site for some time now.
I have looked back through my paperwork and can not find any definitive measurements for you, but this PDF file from DICTUM in Germany may help to identify the threads. My lathe's spindle shaft is 7/8" and the chuck adapter I have for my Duplex Multistar chuck system would appear to be 1 1/2 inch x 6 tpi BSW RH, (Distance between thread crests in mm is 4.23).

Hope that maybe some use to you.
Best regards John
 

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So sorry not to have gotten back to you, I have not been on the site for some time now.
I have looked back through my paperwork and can not find any definitive measurements for you, but this PDF file from DICTUM in Germany may help to identify the threads. My lathe's spindle shaft is 7/8" and the chuck adapter I have for my Duplex Multistar chuck system would appear to be 1 1/2 inch x 6 tpi BSW RH, (Distance between thread crests in mm is 4.23).

Hope that maybe some use to you.
Best regards John
Pictures of my Chuck plate for use with my Duplex Multistar chuck system.
Best regards
John
 

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Hi all,

A newbie to woodturning here.
Last week I picked myself up my first lathe and I am hoping if anyone can help me to identify the make and model of this one . The badge on the front is BLC (I think!) as per the attached photos but I cannot find anything yet from google.

Appreciate any help on this.
 

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Hello,
30 years ago I bought the same lathe! The person I bought it from in Long Island New York said it was called a "British Luck Lathe" and he said it was made in Britain. Up until the moment I saw the picture you posted with the BLC badge I've never seen a photo or any word of it.
Are use it when I need it and haven't turned anything in 10 years. I did just take it out of under the bench because I have a couple jobs to do.
I'm a lifelong woodworker, some photos of my work and my contact information is on my website at johnwebberwoodwork.com
I've just begun again to search the Internet to find evidence of any info regarding this lathe or the company that made it.
If you or anyone else has any info please forward it to me, and I will do the same.

Cheers!


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Hello Friends,
I am still searching and still have no idea who made this lathe or where it came from.
I've done some google image searches of the round BLC logo, and still nothing other than the three of us.
Have any of you found information?
After blowing 20 years of dust off since using it last I was able to do a few jobs. The photo shows the original 100 year old baluster under the White oak copy I just turned. Then tried to duplicate the color and patina
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Not got time to do a proper search today, but could that L be a decorated E? Look how it's joined to the C where it would have been more normal to join the C to the edge instead.

There was a company called B Elliott which imported and sold all sorts of kit and along the way acquired some small machine tool manufacturers. Could have been one of those companies like machine mart-Clarke who stick their own branding on stuff they deal in. Plus there seem to be many BEC companies in UK and USA.

Long shot but in the absence of any other leads worth a look perhaps.
 
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