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A detailed Manual & Parts List  is available for all Boxford lathes. We also manufacture
changewheels and many other spares

An example built by the parent Company Denford Small Tools (D.S.T.) and discovered in South Africa during 2013, this most unusual Boxford had an entirely different bed to the normal models - longer and fitted with a detachable gap. Using otherwise standard parts - headstock, carriage assembly, screwcutting gearbox and tailstock, it was a relatively early Model A from around 1950 and preceded the equivalent South Bend 9-inch version by 10 years, that model being introduced circa 1960 (the Boxford being based, of course, on the original South Bend "9-inch").
Possibly an experimental machine taken to South Africa by an ex-employee, it was bought by its present owner from a gentleman who had discovered it amongst a warehouse full of tools sold to him by a person moving back to England. However, it is also likely - bearing in mind that it has a Denford inspection stamp in the bed - to have been one of a batch built to an importers or Government agency specification; however, it's almost certain that it's origins will remain a mystery forever.
Should any reader have further information, or example of the same lathe, the writer would be interested to hear from you..



Boxford Model A gap-bed lathe circa 1950

South Bend 9-inch gap-bed circa 1960



Gap-bed Model A Boxford during restoration

Bed with gap piece out

Gap piece removed

Serial number and Denford inspection stamp

Gap piece bolted in place

Complete on its maker's stand and as discovered



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Boxford Gap-bed Lathe
Boxford Home Page   Boxford Models A, B, C, AUD, BUD & CUD 
Model ME10   Boxford VSL & 500 Vari-Speed   Model T & TUD Training Lathes   
Miniature Precision Boxfords  Larger Precision Boxford   Model CSB   
AUD Photo Essay  Serial Numbers   Screwcutting Gearbox  Boxford Accessories 
       Drive Systems  Precision Tools  South Bend Clones  Late Model Boxfords
Spare Parts For Sale   Catalogue Covers   
Gap-bed Boxford 

A detailed Manual & Parts List  is available for all Boxford lathes. We also manufacture changewheels and many other spares