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New England Events #2: Old American Iron and a Special Thanks to a fellow LJ

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« Part 1: LN HAND TOOL EVENT at Furniture Institute of Massachusetts Part 2 of New England Events series Part 3: Springfield, MA Woodworking Show 2013 »

I’ll keep this short and to the point, and while it does not involve anything that is labeled a “woodworking tool” I do use this for woodworking projects, so it does tie in nicely.

I was looking to upgrade my metal lathe for quite some time, and thats a story on it’s own, but recently have finally found the upgrade package at a machinery liquidator 2 states over. This is my first US made and “Old American Iron” machine and you can just FEEL the quality from the 1/4” steel cabinets, to the machined and ground gears and shafts. this is just a beautiful machine (to me), and I can see how it becomes unfair to compare an old-school unisaw with a new outsourced saw – and I do own an outsourced saw which works great for me.

The new(old) lathe is a Clausing 10” lathe and is 900lbs:

Which brings me to my next point – 900lbs and 2 states over meant I needed to figure out how to transport this thing over. After checking all my options and running all the numbers I was offered help from a fellow LJ and wanted to thank Lisa (dustbunny) and her husband Ward for helping me transport the lathe from CT to MA. This was a tremendous help both in logistics of the move itself, and also in the experience gained from this regarding moving and handling of this heavy type of equipment that will come in handy in future projects.

So from the bottom of my heart,A BIG THANK YOU LISA AND WARD!

It’s nice to find the true spirit of LJ sprouting out from time to time.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.



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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 891 days ago

I’ve always found heavy, well-built machinery like that to be a real thing of beauty. Congratulations and have fun!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 891 days ago

Nice machine and nice people. It looks like a wonderful hunk of metal. You should post something that you do on it sometime. Not wood, but I wouldn’t mind at all. Heck, we get enough stupid political posts. This would be so much better.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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BlankMan

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#3 posted 891 days ago

I am envious. Nice score! I would take that one or any one from that era over my Jet 9×20. You is one lucky guy!

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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BlankMan

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#4 posted 891 days ago

Does that have cross-slide feed? Looks like it. That is one thing I wish I had.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 891 days ago

Thanks for the comments.

Kurt: this one is replacing my enco(jet/grizzly/hf/other) 9×20. it does have x-feed and a longer (almost 2x) cross slide travel as well as slow back gears (although I do have VS on my 9×20), tumble reverse feed (never ended up modding that on my 9×20 and never will), and has longer. this one is also much more rigid and everything moves so much smoother, and is built like a tank. It still uses a 1 LS for both threading and power feed, and while through hole is bigger then 9×20 its still too small to take 5C (12” clausings would take 5C) but for the money, and for the capacity I am working with , this one is spot on.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Karson

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#6 posted 891 days ago

Congratulations. I had an 18” metal lathe that had a 6’ lenght. Probably 2000 lbs. I rolled it in the middle of a freeway while transporting it for my old home to my new home.

I’ve never replaced it But I enjoyed it while I had it. I think I paid $100.00 for it from a salvage company. I had to get a phase converter to go to 3 phase power.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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ellen35

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#7 posted 891 days ago

Nice machine, Sharon.
And wonderful LJ-like gesture from Lisa and Ward… two of the nicest people on the planet.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 891 days ago

Real nice Sharon,

Very nice of dust bunny and her husband to help out, too.

That had to be a bear to move.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Bluepine38

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#9 posted 891 days ago

Great looking machine, and while I may get in trouble for saying this, that machine is also great for cutting
threads in wood. Thank you for sharing and have fun with your new toy.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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dustbunny

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#10 posted 891 days ago

BLUSHING

Enjoy your new old toy Sharon.
I heard it was a challenging beast to move.
Glad all are safe and sound and was able to help with the move.
Get turning…

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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PurpLev

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#11 posted 891 days ago

holy moly Karson – throughout the 3 hour drive back home I kept having the thought what I’d do if the lathe decides to come off and how we wouldn’t be able to really do much about it. what did you do? wait for a tow truck to come and ‘clean it off the road’? curious… sorry to hear you lost the lathe that way. also thanks for the reminder, I need to get a VFD for the motor

Thanks for the comments, surprisingly Ward made this seem rather easy…

Bluepine – I’m not going to report you so have no worries ;)

and Thanks again Lisa... as I said earlier, I’ll probably say that AT LEAST a few more times :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Karson

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#12 posted 891 days ago

The trailer has a double axles and it ended up driving the truck so it started weaving and I couldn’t stop it. The trailer flipped in the medium and picked the rear of the truck into the air. A tow truck showed up and picked up the lathe and got me untangled from the trailer.

A pickup truck that almost hit us stayed around and he hooked the trailer on to his truck and drove it to the destination. On city streets this time.

My truck wasn’t damaged except the ball hookup so I was unable to pull the trailer. Ho one hit anything so it was not a bad accident situation. A lot of squealing tires from viewers later on the other side of the road..

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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BlankMan

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#13 posted 891 days ago

Nice specs, now you got me thinking about looking for one… Tumble reverse was something I always wanted to add, got the gears to do it just haven’t done it yet. And I was reminded of the flimsiness of the cross slide on my Jet while machining some parts this past weekend.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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PurpLev

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#14 posted 891 days ago

Karson- sounds like it was quite the ordeal. glad to hear everyone was safe and no major (other than some property damage) damage took place.

Curt – when did you get a lathe? I remember you only had a mill at some point… I too have the gears and parts to mod the 9×20 some more, but at some point just wanted to stop rebuilding the lathe and start building WITH the lathe. it does have many flimsy parts to it, and while I know people can produce decent parts with it, I just wanted to have something that would be less finicky to use and more capable of the sort of work I do (hard steels).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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David Kirtley

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#15 posted 890 days ago

Gorgeous. Someday I will upgrade from my little 7×10.

I wouldn’t worry too much about the 5C. I have an ER32 faceplate for mine and really enjoy it. You could make a faceplate that would hold a 5C or an ER 40 or such. You have enough bed length that it wouldn’t be too much of a loss of space.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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