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Caley Woodturning Lathe

Advertised occasionally during 1952 and 1953, the Caley woodturning lathe was manufactured (or more likely factored) by the Caledonia Model Company of 5 Pitt Street, Glasgow. Although of limited capacity (3.5" x 24") the machine appears to have been particularly well made with a ball-bearing headstock, proper full-sized "A-section" V-belt drive and a very rigid, twin-bar bed in solid steel (when the larger but contemporary Coronet made do with just one). Secured to the bed bars by a pair of clamp bolts passing in traverse through the underside, the headstock, had a spindle that ran out through the left-hand bearing to form a plain extension piece with a thread at the end - thus allowing the mounting of an outboard faceplate for bowl turning or a grinding wheel. Naturally, the Morse centres in headstock and tailstock were only a No. 1 and, priced at an expensive 14 : 12s : 6d (when a backgeared and screwcutting Zyto lathe was only twice as much), the Caley must have sold in limited numbers.
If you have a Caley, the writer would be interested to hear from you.


A rare survivor - a Caley on a home-made but effective cabinet stand. At its left-hand end the owner (a professional patter maker) built on a bracket to take a bowl-turning rest.



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Caley Woodturning Lathe