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bj383ss

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985 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: wood lathe craftsman

This is a Craftsman wood lathe my Uncle gave to me recently. It was my Grandpa’s. He bought it used in 1970 when he opened his machine shop. Im not certain of the vintage but from the small research I have done I think it is a 1930’s era. It has a 1/2 hp Dayton motor. The bench it is on was also made by my Grandpa. So this thing is not only cool because it is vintage and good quality but it also is sentimental to me. Enough talk here are the photos.

I did ask Santa for some accs. for the lathe. I chuck, spur center, tools, and drill chuck.

Bret

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Harryn

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#1 posted 985 days ago

It looks exactly like my old wood lathe, Except, You have a cross slide assembly that i do not. That must have been an optional item. Mine just has a tool rest holder that slides on the bed. My Dad bought it used about 1950.

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bj383ss

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#2 posted 985 days ago

Hello Harryn question was yours the same color. I think that it has been repainted but not for sure. I also have the tool rest holder. The cross slide was very tight. I had to take it apart and lube it up and it works great now.

Bret

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 985 days ago

Hope Santa is good to you. You have been a good boy this year, eh? ;-)) Did Grandpa use it for some metal cutting?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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bj383ss

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#4 posted 985 days ago

Top,

I think my Grandpa used it to polish stuff. Not sure how he connected material to the headstock, but thats what my dad remembers. He didn’t use it for woodworking.

Bret

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 985 days ago

I thought that looked like a metal cutter in the tool holder.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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bj383ss

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#6 posted 985 days ago

I sharpened the tooling and used it to make a boiler for a scale model train I am building. It worked great.

Bret

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Dan Katz

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#7 posted 985 days ago

Bret,
That’s a really nice machine. The cross slide makes it pretty rare. You could mount a small router on the slide and do some milling. Take care of it.
Dan

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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bj383ss

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#8 posted 985 days ago

Hello Dan,

Never thought about mounting a router on it. Good idea. Another one for a rainy day. I feel like the possiblities are endless with a lathe.

Bret

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Bluepine38

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#9 posted 984 days ago

That is a beauty, Delta made a similar set up, Armstrong quit making the tool holders for that lantern post
tool holder about 6 years ago, but the smaller tool holders that Grizzly sells will work if you make an L shaped
adapter to lock it into lantern post. I made mine from key stock from LJ Huyett with a hacksaw and files.
so I could use parting tools in the cross slide rest. Hope you have fun with that setup.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 984 days ago

It’s a nice piece of machinery. I love old machines.

-- 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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Harryn

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#11 posted 984 days ago

My lathe was originally painted blue and still is.

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