Well yet again I was very fortunate to have woodworkers in the family, and I recently came across some of my great grandfather’s tools. While digging around at my parents for my old camping tent I found 2 full size wood lathes and a bench top sander. I can vaguely remember my great grandfather always doing woodworking and knew instantly it was his stuff. The problem being, that after he passed away (had to have been almost 15 years ago) my dad laid them on the floor of our shed, and they’ve sat there ever since. So today I made a trip back to my parents and pilfered a lathe and the sander. Here is what I’ve got to work with.
So while I’m extremely happy to have found these, I’m unsure of the best way to try to restore them. I know for sure the sander still works, but it needs some oiling and definitely rust removed. I’ve been using WD-40 and a wire brush, and some coarse grit sand paper to get it off, that’s why the table on it was already removed. But I was wondering if there’s an easier way? And not knowing much at all about lathes, does it seem like it’s still usable (I have a motor too, just not pictured). These are all cast iron and steel tools which is just an extra bonus to my find because they’re hard to come by anymore without paying an arm and a leg it seems. Any help would be appreciated.
-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana