Powermatic 45 Lathe #2: Paint almost comeplete

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Blog entry by stevengaletodd posted 03-11-2011 06:39 PM 7469 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Bought a 1967 PM45 lathe Part 2 of Powermatic 45 Lathe series Part 3: Stand painted, started Putting it all back together. »

This is where I’m at today! I’ve pretty much taken everything apart so I could paint. I did forget to mention that this lathe has the step pulley, not the variable speed (wish it was VS). I had some trouble taking the tool rest apart, the support clamp bolt was rusted to the shaft. Finally after a lot of WD40 and a use of a small sledge, I got it freed up. It was missing the original plate on the underneath side of the tool rest. Going to have to see if I can find one. The head assembly came apart pretty easily. There was some play in the indexing wheel (I guess this is a known problem), so I had a friend weld it to the spacer. I still need to clean the stand before I paint it, there is a lot of old finish that got splattered to the back side of stand. I’m hoping a scraper and some elbow grease will get rid of it.

I haven’t started putting everything back together yet, but you can see that I have the main parts of the lathe painted. I am using spruce green rustoleum paint, sure makes a big difference.

I’ll try to take more pictures when I assemble the parts. I’m going to go set the new bearings today.

-- Steven - "Good enough for who it's for!"

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 06:47 PM

That’s a great find and your doing a good job on the refurb. Enjoy

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 06:56 PM

very good, job matching the paint.


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#3 posted 03-11-2011 07:14 PM

That looks spectacular!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 07:52 PM

A worthy endeavor. Look like its really coming along.

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#5 posted 03-12-2011 12:40 AM

Hey…Looking good.

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#6 posted 03-12-2011 06:24 PM

Great job restoring the lathe. These older lathes are worth the effort; they are heavy and solid.
With new bearings I’m sure it will run like new.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 03-13-2011 07:56 PM

Going to be a beauty.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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