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Lorch Watchmakers Lathe - Tool Post Details required

Candix

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Hi -
I have a Lorch Junior Watchmakers lath complete with the compound cross slide but without the 'Tool Post' - This lathe is the one where the motor and lathe is attached as one unit on a cast base -

Have tried to purchase a 'Tool Post' on ebay for a long time without any success -

Can anyone provide me with the dimensional details please so that I can make a 'Tool Post' on one of my other lathes -

Regards Brian - Australia
 

Dushan Grujich

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Hi -

Can anyone provide me with the dimensional details please so that I can make a 'Tool Post' on one of my other lathes -
G'Day Brian,

Shouldn't be a problem. Can You tell us what kind of tool-post would You like to have, lantern, QC or something else?

BTW, You could post an image of the lathe so that we can see it.

Cheers

Dushan
 

Kevin Scott

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Brian, are you looking for a tool post -holder that attaches to your compound slide?

Or the tool holder that holds a cutter - graver that is used freehand on the extended platform of your Lorch Junior lathe?

The second seems to a neat system combining the advantages of the hand held graver with the precision of the compound slide. Have you used the system, ( assuming you have it, and are looking for a tool holder for your crossslide) and what do you think of it? I think the system is unique to the Lorch Junior, but have thought of trying to adapt it to my 8mm ww lathe.

I have a catalog picture of the free hand tool holder if you need it.
 

Per G

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Brian,

Rereading your post I realize you're probably looking for the "Stichelstock D.P." toolholder for freehand turning.
I only used mine a couple of times, I am too used to the hand graver to be really comfortable with it.
Mine is for the Lorch Geneva lathe, used along with a steel plate fixed where the T-rest usually goes, so you'll have to modify it for the greater centre height of the Junior:

Foot 34.75 by 7.2 mm
Upright 14.2 mm dia., threaded part M9 x 1.0, milled slot 3 mm wide

Height adjuster knurled nut 13 mm O.D., M9 x 1.0, 8 mm thick. Hardened and blued.
Tool clamp 13 mm O.D., 5.5 mm thick. slotted 3 mm wide, 2.7 mm deep. Hardened and blued.
Knurled cap lock nut, dimensions similar to the height adjuster nut.
Tool bit 3 mm square.


 

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Candix

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Hi Dushan,
Many thanks for your reply - I actually want to replicate an exact copy of the original Lorch Tool Post - this is the one that fits into the 'Compound Cross Slide' - Am not sure the size of the cutting tool that fits the original ie: 1/8" or 3/16" square section -
I have all the other attachments including the 'Stichelstock DP' free hand tool holder -

I attach an image of the original lathe brochure showing the tool holder with a tool already inserted - also a dimensional drawing of the cavity within the cross slide for the tool holder to fit - However I would like to duplicate this holder as exact to the original as possible to keep the whole thing 'original' - So would like dimension detail to replicate - I have tried ebay for a long time to source one but without any success -
My email address is - candix@bigpond.com - if this is any use -
Regards and Thanks Brian - Australia Lorch Junior 3.jpg
 

StephanG

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I have a toolpost exactly like the one pictured which came with a set of Derbishire slides I aquired. Uses 5mm tool steel.
It is not marked so might be what you are looking for.
Fits a 6mm t slot and has the same shape with a bolt with a bar to tighten.

Happy to provide a picture of the bits but can't guarantee the height will be right for your lathe. ( you could adjust to suit )
It is adjustable by about 2mm.
 

Candix

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Hi Steve,
I did reply to you a couple of days ago - but I can't see my reply within this thread - Maybe it just didn't go through -

I'm not sure if you want to sell this tool post - but you might let me know if it is a sale of if you can provide dimensional details - It is a lantern style - as shown in the picture I posted
Regards Brian - Australia
 

StephanG

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Not for sale but hope this helps

post 005.jpg post 001.jpg post 002.jpg post 003.jpg post 004.jpg
 

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