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Project by JoshIndy posted 08-04-2010 05:19 AM 1890 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a really old lathe given to me by my grandfather. I mounted it to a sears tool stand with 2x’s and plywood as a table top. The maximum opening is about 12” and about 3-3.5” diameter.

Hopefully this will make some nice projects.
I have a set of stepped pulleys to put on it, i just haven’t got around to it yet.

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 05:58 AM

An interesting looking tool, it will be interesting to see what you can produce on it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 07:35 AM

Yes. Very Interesting. Can hardly wait to see a Project.

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 07:41 AM

Looks great. Can’t wait for the projects.

Good luck.


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#4 posted 08-04-2010 02:19 PM

Hi Josh. That looks to be about a 6”x12” lathe, Nice to have one from your grandfather to work on too. Check the head bearings to see if it smooth running. A rough beaing will impart the vibration to your work.
What speed is the motor? It looks like you have a 1 to 1 ratio on the pulleys, so it might “fly” with a 3450 motor. You’ll need various speeds for turning.( turn fast, sand slow)

The tail stock looks like it might be a #1 morse taper. You’ll need a live center in there to begin turning between centers. Did you get any turning tools with it?. If not,borrow a bowl gouge from someone to try it out.

A lot of things can be turned on a lathe that size.
We’ll all look for your first project.

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#5 posted 11-26-2011 12:36 AM

It’s been a while since i posted anything on this… both head and tail stock are part of the machine…not removable. I have found that tightening the tail stock with a little 3n1 oil will work, but not really well. I added Stepped pulleys to slow it down, this worked. I have turned a handful of things on this but it kinda scary with the very little pin on the tail center holding it on.

I am actually looking to replace it with a newer mini/midi lathe to play with.

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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