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Project by Greg Sherman posted 01-29-2018 04:36 PM 1483 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks,
I normally don’t post pictures of shop projects – but this one is different. My friend Roy, who passed away last month, wanted me to have this wood lathe. His father bought this lathe in early 1940’s. The lathe was passed on for several generations. The lathe has the motor and pulley system hanging down below. Pretty standard for that time period. The cabinet/stand that they built for the lathe was way to big for my space so I custom built a stand that fit where my previous lathe resided. The cabinet/stand is heavy duty about 250 lbs. The structure is mostly lap jointed Doug Fir and Pine plywood. I Arc Welded steel plates and leveling feet to compensate for a sloping floor. The drawers are 5/8” plywood and the drawer fronts are made from a variety of slab woods that I have stored at the shop; Oak and Madrone. The horizontal wraps on the top are Madrone (note the bandsaw marks) and the lower wrap is Pine. I have no concern that all the pieces don’t “match”, it’s for my own shop and I really like grabbing drops from past “big slab” projects. I MIG welded some drawer handles that were made from angle iron and rebar. I did add some upgrades; a new safety on/off switch and switched over to the new “link” V drive belts. Also the cabinet on the right holds a swing up mixer stand that I used to mount my bench grinder for quick access when sharpening lathe tools. Inspiration, Diresta, Wilkerson and Turner.
Thanks for checking out the lathe project.

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#1 posted 01-29-2018 04:54 PM

Very nice work and very thoughtful.

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#2 posted 01-29-2018 05:05 PM

Very Nice and Well Done Greg!

-- Real MEN! Measure Once! Cut Once! Then head back to the Lumberyard. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#3 posted 01-29-2018 05:23 PM

Many of us are from the 40’s too; and we still work well.

Good job on a nice vintage piece.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 01-29-2018 06:29 PM

Love the handles! I’m stealing that idea :)

-- Ted

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#5 posted 01-29-2018 06:48 PM

Very nice! Looks just like the 1943 Powr-Kraft I just finished refurbing. The serial number will tell you the year. It’s the first 2 numbers reversed, so one that starts with 34 like mine was built in 1943. I need a cabinet to put it on. Yours looks perfect.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 01-29-2018 06:49 PM

Roy would be proud of the job you did!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 01-29-2018 09:20 PM

Nice…Cool looking handles.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#8 posted 01-30-2018 12:31 AM

Looks great….Roy would be happy. God bless you and Roy….

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#9 posted 01-30-2018 02:45 AM

Very nice build, looks great!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 01-30-2018 03:40 AM

nice to see those old tools given a nice home to rest on.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 01-30-2018 03:55 PM

Wow! Bruce, this is a great lathe base cabinet and it will make a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 02-02-2018 02:06 PM

Great handles.

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#13 posted 02-03-2018 11:27 PM

Great Idea, love the handles. Classy way to acknowledge a great friendship

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