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Wooden Lathe Rehab #1: TO BE OR NOT TO BE? THAT IS MY QUESTION

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Blog entry by boxcarmarty posted 03-03-2012 03:22 AM 1546 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To be or not to be? When William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, Do you recon he was thinking about a wood lathe? I just returned from an auction, and this is what I drug home with me. You ask why??? Because I only gave $10 for it. It was interesting and I figured if nothing else, It had $10 worth of timber in it. It needs cleaned up to be sure, but I believe it is hickory, or at least parts. After unloading it in the shop, I sorted out the pieces. Now I’m not sure if I want to put it back together to play with, (I already have a lathe) Or piece it out. (Seeing if the chucks would fit mine and salvaging the timbers) I don’t have any idea of the age or if it is authentic or a homemade repro. I do know it is heavy and appears to be well built. I throw this question to my fellow LJ’s for additional opinions…..

It is a belt drive Lathe. The motor is 110 and appear to need repairs, don’t know to what extinct at this point. The head is missing, only the tailstock is with it.

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....



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Dave

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 03:29 AM

Marty I love it. It is to me a combination of yesterday and the new fangeled thing called the electron. I believe he built his own lathe and from the looks of it he used the fire out of it. That needs to be in an ag museum somewhere. Its great.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 03:33 AM

I think it would be awesome to get it working again

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 03:35 AM

Cool Marty – hang onto it until you really figure out what you got there….......good find….......

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 03:41 AM

Marty is that stand base a slab of wood?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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boxcarmarty

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#5 posted 03-03-2012 03:48 AM

Dave, Yes the stand base is a huge chunk of wood…..

Jeff, That is my intention at this point. I don’t want to be to quick to tear it down…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Dave

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 03:51 AM

Clean it up and lets see what it is.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#7 posted 03-03-2012 03:54 AM

I bet it will do the job,pretty or not.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 03-03-2012 04:15 AM

Marty
What are ya goin to do with it….....that is the question.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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cabmaker

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 04:17 AM

Man you got 10 dollars worth on just the tailstock screw, not to mention the tool rest !

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#10 posted 03-03-2012 04:18 AM

Marty,
First off, I’m glad you & yours are OK!!!
I don’t think you could go wrong for a “sawbuck”, or as some wood say a “Hamilton”. You got something there, time, research, parts money & elbow grease will reveal exactly what!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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boxcarmarty

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#11 posted 03-03-2012 04:19 AM

DocK, I think I’m gonna pour me a cup, pull up a chair, and ponder on it awhile…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#12 posted 03-03-2012 11:13 AM

Marty,

I believe that is a kit lathe. I have an early lathe and in the research I did to find out what mine is I found that a company in Cincinnati made the metal parts for lathes to be put in wood frames supplied by the customer. They would have been made before the motor you have was made so it was probably retrofit.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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boxcarmarty

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#13 posted 03-03-2012 12:55 PM

Thanks Ham, I’ll look in that direction…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#14 posted 03-03-2012 01:42 PM

very unique. I think ya gotta gr8 deal…. someone once said “to everything, turn, turn, turn”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#15 posted 03-03-2012 04:25 PM

You do have a great start there, but the most complicated part is the headstock, as you all ready know.
To build a headstock to match the rest of the lathe is something all of us would be interested in, just not
sure how many of us would actually attempt it. With the drive pulley on the outboard end of the motor,
the headstock would have been a long one, probably with some nice bearings. Good luck on your
research. Now I am wondering if that is a left hand lathe, and if the tool rest was for outboard turning
and the regular tool rest went missing with the headstock. Have fun, and please keep us posted.

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

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