Shepard 9"x36" Lathe

Shepard Lathe
Shepard Lathe
Shepard Lathe converted to Power
Shepard Lathe
Shepard Lathe
Shepard Lathe
Shepard Lathe
Change Gear Tag
Shepard Lathe
change Gears
Shepard Lathe
chuck spanner wrench
Shepard Lathe
Shepard Lathe
Lantern Tool Holder
Shepard Lathe
9-1/2" face plate
Shepard Lathe
Steady Rest
Shepard Lathe
7" lathe
Shepard Lathe
Rear View7" lathe

This little Shepard lathe is the first lathe to become a member of the VanNatta Family. It was acquired around 1950 and converted from a foot lathe (with pedals) to an 'engine lathe' meaning that an electric motor was installed to power it. As you might surmise from the rest of the website, it was undersized for the demands made up on. It is a 'change gear' lathe likely of about a 1900 vintage. The spindle is threaded 12 TPI and of a quite small diameter. The tapers in the headstock and tail stock are not standard Morse tapers, so anything mounted has to be custom turned. The Tapers are actually a little larger than a #1 Morse Taper. I suspect they are a Jarno taper.

The lathe included is a common accessory a 4 inch scroll plate chuck which is operated by rotating the collar with the holes in it with a pin spanner wrench shown in the photos. A steady rest was included and is shown. Other fasteners are all square and 2 S-wrenches seemed to be part of the lathe as well for turned the square screws.

The lathe does not have a feed rod or a power cross feed. Regular cutting as well as threading is done with the half nuts on the threading screw. The photos on the right are of a smaller incomplete Shepard. Note that it has only two belt positions, and no provision for reversing the drive. A reverse tumbler is present on our Shepard.


The bottom two pictures are of a 7" Shepard that were sent to me of another similar model even smaller.

- - Updated 12/29/2012
- - Updated 12/18/2009