|Project by drakers007||posted 04-08-2011 03:31 AM||11119 views||5 times favorited||21 comments|
Here’s a lil’ restoration project that may be of interest to you all. One of my current compulsions is old jewelers lathes and whilst trolling Craigslist last month I came across an old watchmakers bench with a lathe and a motor. So I drove north 90 miles and picked up this cool old bench with the lathe, some tooling and the rope they used for a belt!
Using gel stripping compound (aka “Alien Spit”) I completely removed the old finish, reglued the sides and sanded the entire bench inside and out. Then I applied Minwax ‘Red Chestnut” stain once let it dry rubbed it in then another coat and rubbed it in. Finish with a couple coats of Minwax satin floor urethane. Being real careful to maintain the worn manafucature logo that is on the back splash board. It reads “J.H. Rosberg Mfg. Co. Chicago”, it’s somewhat worn but ledgable. Last night I engraved a small brass plate with the same info and will be adding it to the front edge of the bench.
The old jeweers lathe is a 4 mm Hopkins and it came with a set of collets and has clead up very nice with a gentle sanding of 1000 grit and 1200 grit wet sanding paper and Mother Mag Wheel Pollsh (great stuff). I also did the same for the little Racine Jewelers Lathe Motor by stripping the paint off and pollishing it out. I’ve done up a few of these old motors over the years and usualy if a magnet does not still then the metal will shine up real nice.
So this one is a keeper for my workshop, I’ll just need to reorganize a wee bit to make it fit but I was pleased with the results and it is my kind of eye candy. I’ll take some dimensions later this week and post it here.