Most of my lathes have always had a drop down chip deflector for use when turning up close to the chuck. My 65 year old le Blond round head does not and never has.
A while back I came across a lexan or plexiglass display case window that was shaped in a large radius and nearly 6 ft long I thought that it might make a perfect view window for use on the old lathe.
I first cut it down to size then split a length of 1/2" SS tubing to put on the leading edge to not only stiffen the plastic but to serve ad an edge protector and a convenient handle to raise it out of the way.
Next I will have to make a mount and pivot for it to mount it with Hopefully I will be able to find a pair of gas spring struts to hold it up
I used silicone to secure the tubing to the edge so the kitten and puppy had to inspect the knot to make sure it was going to hold together