This is a lathe that may grandfather built back in the 30s. My uncle had it since my grandfather passed away in the early 70s. I was able to get it when they auctioned my uncle’s belongings to keep him in assisted living.
It is fairly simple but very functional. I spent most of the day going through everything and it is in amazing shape. The lathe is basically angle iron and pipefittings with brass bushings. Each fitting has an oiler on top. You turn a little brass fitting until a hole opens up for injecting the oil then close it back to keep out trash. The lathe is driven with leather belts from the motor to a set of wooden pulleys across to another set that turns the chuck. Each set has a grinding wheel for sharpening tools, one is coarse and the other is fine. There are also multiple attachments that attach where the grinding wheels are. The chuck (also home made) is not self-centering. It takes a little work to get it setup.
I have it set up temporarily until I can get my son the welder to make more permanent brackets to mount the motor. I will try to add video of it running with in the next week and some pictures of a table and lamp that were turned on this very lathe before I was born.
Here are a few more pictures.
You can see how the pulley system works.
His turning tools, some are home made.
More to come later
-- Doug, South Carolina