Wood Lathe

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Myford Wood Lathe
Myford ML8 Dec2015.jpg
Model Myford ML8
Sub-category Woodworking
Status Good working order
Consumables Belt
Accessories Sanding disc
Training requirement no
Owner Hackspace
Origin Donation from Gausie
Location Woodshop

Bought in 1952 by my great-grandfather in Dublin and shipped in pillowcases as he emmigrated. Delivered to the space with all of its manuals still in tact.

Here is a webpage with a bit of information about the ML8 wood lathe: http://www.lathes.co.uk/myfordwood/

ML8 lathe specs

Spindle height above the bed allows for smaller diameter turning, about 8" max. This is good for most spindle work and small bowls. Larger bowls are meant to be worked on the outboard side, using faceplates.

Right-hand / Inboard spindle

  • No. 1 Morse taper (MT1)
  • 1" x 12 t.p.i on the right-hand spindle
  • Two prong drive centre (damaged) currently fitted

Left-hand / Outboard spindle

  • 7/8" x 12 t.p.i on the left-hand spindle

Tail stock

  • No. 1 Morse taper (MT1)
  • Live centre currently fitted


  • 1425 rpm motor (probably 0.5 hp) with 4 speeds - 700, 1140, 1780 and 2850 rpm

Hackspace owned lathe accessories (stored in plastic tub under lathe):

  • 2 prong MT1 drive centre - damaged
  • Revolving centre for the tailstock
  • Various original faceplates for both the right and left hand spindles

On loan from member Melissa Tague (stored in padlocked playwood locker):

Supernova2 four jaw scroll chuck

  • 50mm jaws (currently fitted)
  • Insert for the right hand spindle only (currently fitted, do not remove)
  • Chuck key
  • Woodworm screw
  • Chuck wrench

Set of 5 Crown lathe chisels:

  • Spindle gouge
  • Bowl gouge
  • Skew chisel
  • Spindle roughing gouge
  • Parting tool

Bench Grinder for sharpening tools

Currently pending set up