1880's Lathe restoration

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Blog entry by 4woodturning posted 03-21-2012 01:22 AM 2014 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New lathe to my collection and restoration project.

Certainly the most complex of the Goodell tools was the treadle lathe that made its appearance in the catalog during the first half of the 1880s. With a bed just twenty-four inches long and barely capable of accommodating a fifteen-inch piece of stock between its centers, the Goodell lathe was strictly a hobbyist’s product. The basic Goodell sold for ten dollars and included both long and short tool rests, five turning chisels, a wrench and a set of drill points. For an additional two dollars, a detachable scroll saw head could be added to the apparatus. The cost of a complete Goodell unit—a lathe with detachable saw—was roughly comparable to that of the company’s Lester unit—a saw with detachable lathe. While the Lester had the advantage of being able to cut stock two inches thick, its lathe attachment was limited to stock just nine inches in length.

I know collectors prefer aged lathe but this will not be for sale, for my own collection. Next new rogers treadle saw..



-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 01:46 AM

Wow! That is awesome!! Great job on the restore. How bout a video of it in action??

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 03-21-2012 02:03 AM

Very cool!!

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 02:04 AM

Very impressive old time tool, I would not sell it either!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 02:12 AM

I’m not getting any pictures. (It’s working now)

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#5 posted 03-21-2012 02:33 AM


That is really coooool !!!! I like the restore that you did on this. Definitely a keeper. I would like to check it out closer sometime. Hope to see you at the turning day at the end of the month. Later !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 03-21-2012 04:16 PM

Great looking lathe! Looks like you get a workout using that one!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#7 posted 03-21-2012 05:34 PM

What a beautiful lathe and also a wonderful conversation piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 03-21-2012 11:40 PM

Thank you everyone I’m pretty happy with it, I’m having a new spindle made for it so i can mount a key less chuck on a other head stock i have for turning tops or pens with it. lets see if i can turn it fast enough to buff a pen finish without killing me…lol… and Mr MShort it will have to cost you to see it up close…I’ll still remember the pink leafs on my membership card….lol…it still not over yet!

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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