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Forum topic by Mark Shymanski posted 08-12-2013 02:02 AM 1450 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shymanski

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08-12-2013 02:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe tool gloat garage sale egg beater drill

Earlier today I took a bit of time off to tour around the country side and check out a “large garage sale”. Now I normally have no patience for garage sales but this one had the eye catching words like ‘lathe’ and ‘lots of hand tools’. The sale was in Rivers, Mb which is about 45 minutes away. It was a sale that they posted they would be putting more stuff out as they cleaned up the yard. This suggested to me that these tools were part of an estate sale, which it turned out was true. So I’m wandering through the various items but see no power tools. This was the second day of the sale so I figured I’d missed out. I found an egg beater drill with a working 3 jaw chuck for fifty cents, American made by the way, and looked at a bunch of handsaws but nothing else really caught my eye. I picked it up figuring I came all this way I should at least buy something:-) Just then the lady who’ s husband’s stuff I was looking at piped up that there’s a bunch of ‘big’ tools in the back. So she went with me opened up this cluttered shed/workshop. There in the front is an either really old tablesaw or it was home made, but in behind under a bunch of plastic tarps was this really odd looking Boss Master lathe by Watson Machine Ltd. It seems to have all the essential bits to it, but as I am inspecting it the lady volunteers that she just wants it gone and that it was free! So I bring my RAV round to the shed and am trying to figure out how I’m going to lift this large frame and lathe which are firmly bolted together into my vehicle. I guess the son in law, Mark, sees my predicament and doesn’t really want to see the thing trashed so he volunteers to drive it into Brandon for me as he lives here also! I asked in passing if there were any chisels to go with the lathe that I could purchase. They weren’t really sure but Mark said to come with him and help dig through some tools that he was taking home. Sure enough there was one chisel and some others that I am not sue if they are turning chisel or not. So the drill, three chisels and one lathe cost me fifty cents…well I actually gave her a bit more than that so it felt like a little better deal.

The very stout stand and lathe after delivery.

This is a unique drive system, some of it looks home made some of it look like it was factory made.

The name plate.

It is pretty encrusted with sawdust/grease but the motor turns smoothly, the spindles and such fell a bit dry but that should be fixable. I almost turned the lathe on but noticed one of the marrett nuts holding the power cord wiring had cracked and the plug had extra wires poking out along the prongs so I’m going to get my brother to do a quick inspection on it before I power it up. So if the lathe doesn’t work I got a great little egg beater for 50 cents, if the lathe does work I’ll be one happy camper!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 08-12-2013 02:22 AM

A nice grab for the money! Great looking chisels, too! I think the inspiration for that v-belt drive was the old Corvair engines, where the v-belt made several 90-degree turns.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 08-12-2013 02:33 AM

Well scarp will probably get you your money back. But I bet it will all work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 08-12-2013 02:38 AM

A framing chisel, a slick, a gouge, an egg beater, and a unique (and awesome) lathe!

A tool gloat at a hundred bucks, and you got it for fiddy cents.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#4 posted 08-12-2013 04:53 PM

Great buy and some interesting tools, especially the lathe which looks pretty old 20’s or 30’s maybe.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 08-12-2013 09:13 PM

Wow, great score!
And well,, nobody has said it yet…. so I will…


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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 08-13-2013 04:05 PM

Mike after the lathe arrived I, of course, did what everybody seems to do now and I googled Bench Boss and Windsor Machinery Ltd. The first return was irrelevant the second was my post here on LJs…it wasn’t looking to good. I fiddled around a bit with my search and wound up at the Vintage Machinery website. There was one other of these listed with not too much information except that it is a kind of multi tool like the Shopsmith. I realized that there was one attachment that I’d left behind nor knowing it was part of the Bench Boss. It was the ‘table saw’ table so I’m not too disappointed I didn’t get it and it is too far to go back for just the one part. The model number/serial number plate has the last patent date of 1943 so it is a early to mid 40’s machine. That sort of fits with the age of the lady selling the machine.

Thanks Joe, the gloat seems to be a right of passage for LJs, and of course it isn’t official till the traditional chant has be completed LOL! Now I just hope the motor actually works :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 02-25-2015 03:10 PM

I’m two years too late for this, but I have one of these beauties, and it’s in perfect order. It’s not just a lathe. It’s also, a drill press, a table saw, and a jig saw all in one. A gem and one of those wonderful, and well built tools BP. (Before plastic)

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#8 posted 02-25-2015 03:27 PM

Why can’t I ever find something like you did. All I find is Harbor Frieght screw drivers, tapes and flashlights for sale.

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#9 posted 03-08-2015 10:18 PM

Wow two years sure goes by fast! It does seem to be very well built, although bearings would be a good improvement over the babbits. I’ve played around with it a bit but the tool rest is far too short and the tailstock is a bit primitive and does not allow for a firm grip on the wood. Its given me a taste of turning and for that it was well worth the price.

Gerald its just a matter of time…

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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