|Forum topic by jtbinvalrico||posted 836 days ago||2211 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
836 days ago
Greetings all…..I have often found myself referred to this site while searching various woodworking topics on the net. I didn’t see an introductions section, so I figured I’d just jump in with a contribution. My addictions include woodworking, metal fab, and refurbishing old machines.
I’ll open with a lathe refurb. I’m very new to turning….but I can see the addictive properties already. There’s not many tools which can take your raw piece of wood and return it to you as a finished piece. I like to buy old tools and refurb them because 1) The tools are cheap…..if you buy carefully, 2) I learn a lot about how the tool does what it does by taking it apart and rebuilding it, and 3) I think it’s nice to save a thirty year old tool in a throwaway society. My used tool rule is simple: I should be able to sell any tool I’ve refurbbed for what I paid for it and put into it.
This is an old monotube lathe. Craftsman, Duracraft, and others sold this lathe for years. This one was branded as a “Franklin Foundry,” made around 1989 in Taiwan. These lathes have a bad reputation due to some inherent design flaws…...fair criticisms, but then again, many turners have done beautiful work on them, and I think any challenges will better me in the long run. I’ll sell it for the $100 I have in it and upgrade one day if need be.
The day I brought it home after a $55 CraigsList trip:
Here’s the end result:
It runs super smooth and quiet. Up next for this lathe is a poured concrete shelf occupying the middle support members of the stand; that 200lbs will add some mass to the cheap HF stand (......$40!) and dampen out anything else.
Most of my tools are 30 year old Craftsman orphans…...not as collectible as the 40’s and 50’s stuff, but still very serviceable. More on those later.