Blokey shed metal worker Vernon recently bought an Australian made Nuttall lathe and decided to fabricate a vertical slide for it so he could do milling operations in the lathe. He’s kindly shared how he went about the process of construction.
Vernon: The new lathe is a Nuttall, about the same size and the original lathe, however it has a clutched geared head (oil filled) rather than the cone head (dry) on the original. The new lathe is also 3phase 3HP rather than single phase 2HP.
Raw materials: a mystery item purchased from ebay and steel plate 130 x 10. The two bars for the slide are a good alternative to a dovetail which is more commonly found on slides.
Vernon: Here is the start of the bolt I will be using to secure the slide mounting plate to the tool post bracket. This is an old gearbox input shaft, that I have previously annealed.
A thread was machined onto the bolt to match that of the toolpost lever nut.
Using a hole drill in base plate to provide a hole large enough to allow boring. Two holes were machined to give a choice of position.
Using a boring bar to open up the hole to allow the plate to be attached to cylindrical tool post mount.
Video of boring of the base plate using a 4 jaw chuck
A piece of plate was bolted to the slide and the vice was in turn mounted onto that.
Welding up the base plate
Finished slide in position on the lathe, vertical and swivelled.
Test cut with aluminium
Many thanks again to Vernon for sharing his project with us.