Oliver 159-A lathe

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Project by Speednork posted 08-05-2010 10:15 PM 8024 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new 1951 Oliver 159-A lathe I purchased a few weeks back to go through and sell. It was in good working order with a few minor parts missing. I disassembled, sandblasted, replaced worn parts, abused bolts and screws, primed and painted and have just reassembled it to its good as new state. A new belt should arrive tomorrow. I am looking for an original Oliver faceplate and tool rest if anyone just happens to have those laying around (hint hint). It should be turning wood next week! I love equipment and I had a ball going through this lathe. I just might have to keep this one. (that’s the way it always goes) LOL

-- In the time it takes some people to plan a project they could have built the project. Work from within not from paper.

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#1 posted 08-05-2010 10:29 PM

Nice job, nice indeed. Don’t know the lathe you currently have, but this one looks like it could do quite a job.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#2 posted 08-05-2010 11:44 PM


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#3 posted 08-06-2010 12:04 AM

I’ve got an Oliver about like this one. It had been converted to variable freq. DC drive motor before I bought it. The drive quit on it, now it’s a big boat anchor. I’d love to get it fixed up as nice as this one you did.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#4 posted 08-06-2010 12:44 AM

Nice job.

A one time there was an Oliver farm machinery company. I remember the Oliver tractors. I’m assuming (but I don’t know for certain) that is the same company that made woodworking tools including this lathe.

If anyone knows of a connection between Oliver farm machinery and Oliver tools I would appreciate hearing about it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 08-06-2010 02:16 AM

Nice work. I would like see how is it built – up inside and how works sorting turns verge. Cestainly it’ll be very interesting construction.

-- Oldřich Jaroš ,

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#6 posted 08-06-2010 02:34 AM

nice machine,,bet you can’t buy anything as tough and sturdy as that now..I look at my 25 year old Craftsman TS, then walk through Lowes or HD and look at what they have,,,, I wouldn’t trade for nothing.. Great work,,you should keep it..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#7 posted 08-06-2010 03:10 AM

SWEET! I’ve always wanted an old oliver. (hint hint hint)


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#8 posted 08-06-2010 07:25 AM

KEEP the Oliver!! The faceplates come up for sale occassionally on in the BOYD forum.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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