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AJAX29/06/2022 17:48:38
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Could someone with a Boxford Model C lathe post some photos showing how their change gear cover is attached to the lathe? I have the lathe and end cover, but the lathe came to me partly dismantled with no clear method of fixing the cover to the headstock. There are a couple of screw holes but no sign of a hinge or bracket to hold the cover in position. I'm guessing it was screwed into position with a fixed bracket or two (now missing), which would have made gear changes very inconvenient. I'm quite open to fabricating an entirely new / non-original arrangement if it improves on the original design.

Clive Brown 129/06/2022 18:49:37
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The cover on my ME10 is hinged on an arm that clamps on the rear shear of the bed.A peg on the cover fits into a hole at the end of the arm, allowing the cover to swing. The arm's slightly curved. Hope that helps.p1030100.jpg

Grindstone Cowboy29/06/2022 20:01:49
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Can't get any photos of my Model C just at the moment, but it's the same as Clive's ME10. Held shut by a screw and knurled knob at the front.

Rob

Dave Halford29/06/2022 20:04:42
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Busted and thrown away.

Nicholas Farr29/06/2022 20:05:30
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Hi, my Boxford CUD just has a piano hinge.

boxford change gear door hinge.jpg

Regards Nick.

AJAX29/06/2022 20:14:56
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Posted by Clive Brown 1 on 29/06/2022 18:49:37:

The cover on my ME10 is hinged on an arm that clamps on the rear shear of the bed.A peg on the cover fits into a hole at the end of the arm, allowing the cover to swing. The arm's slightly curved. Hope that helps.p1030100.jpg

Thanks for the photo, Clive. I hadn't considered clamping anything there. And by the look of it, the cover must be hinged elsewhere to support the swinging weight?

AJAX29/06/2022 20:17:00
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Posted by Nicholas Farr on 29/06/2022 20:05:30:

Hi, my Boxford CUD just has a piano hinge.

boxford change gear door hinge.jpg

Regards Nick.

That would be my preferred option but there is no obvious place to mount such a hinge on my model c. Maybe I need to fit a plate to the outboard end of the headstock first.

AJAX29/06/2022 20:17:34
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Posted by Dave Halford on 29/06/2022 20:04:42:

Busted and thrown away.

The hinge or cover?

Clive Brown 129/06/2022 21:37:14
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Posted by AJAX on 29/06/2022 20:14:56:
Posted by Clive Brown 1 on 29/06/2022 18:49:37:

The cover on my ME10 is hinged on an arm that clamps on the rear shear of the bed.A peg on the cover fits into a hole at the end of the arm, allowing the cover to swing. The arm's slightly curved. Hope that helps.p1030100.jpg

Thanks for the photo, Clive. I hadn't considered clamping anything there. And by the look of it, the cover must be hinged elsewhere to support the swinging weight?

No, the pivot at the rear end of the arm takes the full weight of the cover when it is swung open. A knurled screw, as mentioned by Rob, holds it firmly when closed.

Hopper30/06/2022 02:54:06
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Posted by Clive Brown 1 on 29/06/2022 21:37:14:
Posted by AJAX on 29/06/2022 20:14:56:
Posted by Clive Brown 1 on 29/06/2022 18:49:37:

The cover on my ME10 is hinged on an arm that clamps on the rear shear of the bed.A peg on the cover fits into a hole at the end of the arm, allowing the cover to swing. The arm's slightly curved. Hope that helps.p1030100.jpg

Thanks for the photo, Clive. I hadn't considered clamping anything there. And by the look of it, the cover must be hinged elsewhere to support the swinging weight?

No, the pivot at the rear end of the arm takes the full weight of the cover when it is swung open. A knurled screw, as mentioned by Rob, holds it firmly when closed.

That looks much the same as the original South Bend hinge, and its Aussie clone the Hercus. Kind of a jury-rigged afterthought look to it, but they seem to work ok. Bit awkward to fabricate though. And I suppose shipping a South Bend item from the US would cost as much as the part itself these days (about US$60)

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