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    Default Toolpost for a 1951 SB13

    So I bought a 1951 Southbend 13" lathe, and it did not come with a tool holder. I have gone to a local store and got a catalog, but none of them fit the dimensions for my lathe. The manufacturer part is ce2450t, and im looking for one, but i really want a quick change tool post. Ideas?

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    Try an Aloris BXA or equivalent. I think a CXA will be a bit large for your lathe. You will probably have to make, or modify, the nut that goes in the compound. Do you have a mill, or access to one?

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    Marc

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    BXA. I have an AXA with a previous-owner-made 1/2" riser. It works just fine.

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    Negative, no mill

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    Riser... so a regular AXA, with a .40" riser comnected to the bottom? How does it stay put in the channel?

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    You don't need a mill. Many a QCTP nut have been sized with nothing more than a hacksaw and a file.

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    This is my first lathe, and Im pretty sure you are speaking greekt

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    Quote Originally Posted by steventenney View Post
    This is my first lathe, and Im pretty sure you are speaking greekt
    Not Greekt. Wawoodman is from the left Washington. I will translate for you: 7:7(/(,86)9;4$!?$;;;.

    Seriously wawoodman means the compound t-slot can be nothing more than a length of bar with a tapped hole in it. A BXA toolpost will come with an oversized blank to be machined to fit your lathe.

    Make first the bar with tapped hole and mount your post. Then use that arrangement to machine the BXA blank using a 4 jaw chuck to face off and drill/tap to size.

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    Ok, so make my own part for the bottom slot with a hole in it to allow the quick change post to be mounted to it. As long as it will fit in the channel, i should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steventenney View Post
    Ok, so make my own part for the bottom slot with a hole in it to allow the quick change post to be mounted to it. As long as it will fit in the channel, i should be good.
    Make it as long as the tool block is wide and as thick as will fit in the slot. Leave a little clearance so it slides in easily but make sure it seats fully when tightened.

    Does someone have a photo that would help explain?

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    I have machined many nuts for different T slots with a lathe. Easy!

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    You can't have too many ways to position the cutting tool. I have three lanterns,two tool blocks and a quick change post for my SBL 13. They also work on my regal 13 and I have another block with it.

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    img_1402.jpg photo of the T slot for tool post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by packrat2 View Post
    img_1402.jpg photo of the T slot for tool post.
    Awesome! I will have someone make one for me! I dont have a mill

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    You could make a round one right on the lathe that looks just like the bottom of the lantern tool post where it slides in the slot.

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