It was in 1935 that the first Craftsman wood-turning lathe became available fitted with a comprehensive metal-turning kit. With many similarities to the following year's metal-turning lathe (made by Atlas) this was a very different machine when compared with the cheaper lathes in the range. The assembly of parts was very comprehensive and included a leadscrew, changewheels, tumble reverse assembly, a proper carriage, compound slide rest and a complete backgear assembly that, in conjunction with the 8-speed countershaft, gave the lathe 16 very useful speeds from a low of 28 to a high of 2540 rpm. The only drawback was that by the time the complete kit was fitted, and the lathe upgraded, the price exceeded that of the contemporary metal-turning lathe by more than 50%..
1935 12-inch wood-turning lathe fitted with the complete metal-lathe conversion kit.
Wood-turning lathe headstock equipped with backgear to provide low speeds for large-diameter metal turning and screwcutting.
The rest of the screwcutting conversion - twin-arm banjo to carry the changewheels, tumble-reverse mechanism and the left-hand leadscrew hanger bracket and leadscrew itself.
Part of the Screwcutting Attachment - the changewheels, guard and electrical switch.
The full carriage for the conversion to a metal lathe. A choice of two slide rests was offered - a simple cross slide and combined tool post, or a compound slide rest - illustrated below.
The two tool slides which fitted the full carriage model. Top: the compound slide with swivelling top slide. Below: the simple cross slide with integral tool post.
Self-contained countershaft unit and motor bracket
Fixed steady (with, surprisingly, screw-feed adjustable fingers) and the thread-dial