CENTRIX Wood-turning Lathe
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Also known for their miniature model-engineering lathe, the "Micro", Centric manufactured a most interesting 4.5" x 24" wood lathe with the capacity to mount a number of useful and apparently very well-made accessories including a bowl-turning attachment, planer, horizontal linisher and saw bench. Thought to have been made in the late 1940s or early 1950s the machine had all its main castings in aluminium, though with steel bedways - that stopped short of the headstock - to mount the tailstock and accessories. The simple but effective 20-inch capacity bowl-turning mount was bolted across the headstock end of the bed and the V-belt, driving direct from the motor, guarded by a large cover at the front.
With a 3/8" bore, No. 1 Morse taper spindle ran in adjustable split bronze bearings and carried a 3/4" x 10 t.p.i. left-hand thread outboard (for bowl turning) and a 7/8" x 10 t.p.i to the right. Both faceplates were 6-inches in diameter and the tailstock barrel, driven rather simply by a notch cut in its underside locating a boss on the handwheel, also had a No. 1 Morse centre.