I have an old Craftsman wood lathe 2 rail, 12 inch Ball Bearing. It has been sitting in my Garage for years. Many years ago I cleaned it up and repainted it, sharpened some poor quality tools, made a metal stand with a POOOOOR motor mount and attempted to make a bowl using probably ironwood, aka, old oak that was hard as steel. You can imagine that I failed. This Lathe sat for a few more years and I just decided I was going to give it another try. I have to redesign my motor mount and get some better tools. The Lathe, as it sits, has an old Dayton 1/3 hp 1725 motor. I placed the tail stock and head stock together until the centers were almost touching and turned the head and watched the points, there is a very slight wobble. I doubt at this time, that will be a factor
as I will be learning and making many mistakes. I have one 4” tool rest with a 1” shaft and would like to find other tools with a 1” shaft. Reason for my quiting was that I did not afix something to the bench legs and it tended to skid all over the concrete floor and the poooor motor mount let the belt slip. I was young, foolish and in the get it done yesterday mode. Now I am old, foolish and tend to take my time.
All comments appreciated. Before anyone says anything about the switch, it is going to be replaced for two reasons, I am not fond of that type of switch and it is broken. Navtalk
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