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25.09.2013
I have a Conover lathe without legs, I would love to see some pictures of how these legs were constructed. Developed originally by Earnie Conover Senior and Junior as an adjunct to their wood-working hobby, the Conover wood-turning lathe was produced in a well-equipped, modern factory operated by Alpha Fabrication Inc. Being constructed on two wooden bed rails the design today might be considered highly unusual - however, this method of construction was once very common, and used not only for wood lathes but also simple, large metal-turning lathes. Many examples have survived from the 1800s and are often found to be "home-constructed" by isolated machine shops with their beds "plated" and iron brackets added to induce a little extra rigidity. The advantages of the design are considerable and for the amateur, or even professional turner, offer the opportunity to construct a machine to their particular requirements: the bed as can as long as desired (though some sort of mid-way support would sensible at longer lengths), the 3-speed, V-belt drive headstock can be mounted in such a way as to produce a bowl-turning lathe of great capacity and even two headstocks mounted back to back one for bopwl and the other for between-centres work.


Although the factory offered various types of AC and DC motors with either direct-drive or variable-speed control, impecunious and enterprising owners could always select a suitable ex-industrial 3-phase motor and run it from a home-made 1-phase to 3-phase converter - details of which can be found  here.
In the case of non-variable speed AC motors the makers offered a traditional style of rear-mounted V-belt drive countershaft intended to be hinged from a bracket (made by the owner from wood) at the back of the headstock.With a swing of 16 inches (8-inch centre height) Conover had all its main components cast from 30 Gray iron with the complete set of castings (to fit on the bed rails) weighing 130 lbs. While a thin plastic or sheet-steel cover for the headstock belt and pulley would have saved the makers a good deal of money, they chose instead to use a properly-made one in cast iron. The tool rest was fitted with a quick-release, over-centre handle and the cast-iron T piece grooved along its top surface to allow the operator's thumb to assist with straight-spindle turning. The legs were fitted with tapped holes in the feet for levelling screws and provision for fitting either two shelves or (as suggested by the maker) a box that could be filled with sand to further improve the mass and stability of the machine; the legs also looked as though they might have been useful to owners of antique metal-turning lathes whose machines had lost their original supports.


2 Morse taper; the outside thread left a good clear bore through which long-hole boring (gun-drilling) attachments could be operated.
The tailstock base incorporated a machined boss that slid between the bed rails and the clamping arrangement was by a sturdy handwheel, threaded rod and T-clamp that provided a direct pull to the middle of the unit.At a time when the number of well-constructed wood-turning lathes seemed to be on the increase, the Conover occupied a unique place as a successful interpretation of a very-old idea. Should a reader has pictures of their Conover set up in an unusual or interesting way, the author would be pleased to hear from you..



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