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Goodell Pratt 125 Bench Lathe #2: Ye olden lathe

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Blog entry by Rick M. posted 563 days ago 1820 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Beginning and history. Part 2 of Goodell Pratt 125 Bench Lathe series Part 3: Motorin' - or How to wire a 3 speed AC motor. »

Cleaning up a 7×12 Goodell Pratt bench lathe.

Some before/after pics.

The previous owner (owners?) made a replacement tool rest from scrap 2×4’s and angle iron. It looks janky but is perfectly servicable. In the short term I’ll make something that looks nicer but in the long term I hope to find an original replacement.

Oddly, they chose to paint over the original black with green but painted the tool rest a nearly matching red. The vibe I get is that the previous owner was a boy although there is no direct evidence. Restoring the original colors is on my “down the road” to-do list.

More pics.

I’m guessing this chuck was designed to hold accessories but the dowel bolt can be unscrewed and replaced by a hanger bolt (dowel screw) for turning wood.

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PurpLev

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#1 posted 563 days ago

thats a nice looking lathe.

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Mip

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#2 posted 562 days ago

That chuck looks like a screw center. You drill a hole a little smaller that the bolt diameter into the bowl blank, and thread the chuck into the hole. Mount it on the lathe and start turning. The only problem is that since you drilled on one side, that side will be the interior of the bowl, and you turn the outside first. Then you have to figure out how to mount the finished bowl base back on to turn out the inside.

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Rick M.

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#3 posted 562 days ago

Leave a tenon on the backside? Not the perfect solution but by the time I get fancy with the bowl making I’ll splurge on a nice chuck.

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schaefer225

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#4 posted 174 days ago

i have a colmpete unit and a bunch of other things for this lath

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Rick M.

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#5 posted 174 days ago

Since getting the Craftsman I haven’t used the GP, it sits waiting on a paint job then I’m hoping to make a dedicated polisher of it.

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 174 days ago

It’s a beautiful old machine. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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