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#1 posted 04-22-2015 11:18 AM
Nicely done Rick, nicely done !
-- Glen, B.C. Canada
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#2 posted 04-22-2015 12:28 PM
Looks real nice. Flat black, satin black, semi-gloss or gloss. Pick what you like. It’s not like you’re putting this in a museum!
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#3 posted 04-22-2015 01:26 PM
You have that lathe looking really up to date. I would love to see that running.I also remember my dad having the same crank grinder on his workbench. My brother and I would take turns at cranking it up.
-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.
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#4 posted 04-22-2015 01:32 PM
That’s a beautiful tool, Rick! I like the black and paprika. Hope you can get it turning!
-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...
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#5 posted 04-22-2015 01:34 PM
That thing is a beauty!
-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch
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#6 posted 04-22-2015 02:00 PM
Great work Rick and the lathe stand is a nice build as well.
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#7 posted 04-22-2015 02:02 PM
That is a good looking lathe. Good job.
-- Bruce, Boise, ID
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#8 posted 04-22-2015 03:25 PM
That’s a great looking lathe, Rick. Your hard work is paying dividends. I like the black and red/paprika color combination too. Looking forward to seeing it turning.
-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!
#9 posted 04-22-2015 05:37 PM
Thanks guys. I have turned wood on this but my plan now is to retire it. It’s a novelty compared to modern lathes. I tried selling it locally and the only interest was from a guy who wanted to make a grinder out of it so I declined selling it to him. I have a line on a tool rest which will make it complete then I will probably make a display stand for my office.
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#10 posted 04-22-2015 05:40 PM
Man that thing is looking good! I wouldn’t mind making a treadle lathe out of it, if I had the space (and proximity to buy it)
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#11 posted 04-22-2015 06:10 PM
That’s a good idea, making a variable speed grinder out of an old lathe, not one this nice though.
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#12 posted 04-22-2015 06:28 PM
Great job Rick. Looks to me as a very good build and solid (cast iron) machine.
-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?
#13 posted 04-22-2015 07:42 PM
That s a good idea, making a variable speed grinder out of an old lathe, not one this nice though.
This lathe came with a work arbor for mounting a grinding wheel or other attachments. They also made a buffing spindle for the outboard side. I’ve considered using it that way but it’s not worth the effort unless you want to make a treadle setup because it takes up a lot of space for the size. The inboard only has a 7” swing so you are limited to a 6” grinding wheel and would need a bushing to adapt to the smaller lathe arbor. But making a multipurpose grinder/buffer/sander from an old lathe is a great idea and you don’t need anything but the headstock.
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#14 posted 12-14-2015 07:41 PM
Rick, late to the party as usual. I just stumbled on this blog today. I was given a 494 a couple of years ago and have occasionally looked for a tool rest for it. Haven’t done anything with it due to the fact I don’t currently have a suitable shop. Here is a view from the backside cause I can’t turn the table around right now
You can see I still have the bolt and knob for the tool rest, but would like to find the rest.You might not be able to see, but the pulleys were changed to v-belt pulleys at some point, probably for ease of replacing belts.Below is the motor that was on it, a Westinghouse 1/4 hp 1725 rpm. Humms nice and quiet :)
The motor was set toward the rear of the table to avoid the chips flying. Your motor must turn the other direction. The piece closest to the camera (broken of course) was bolted to one side of the motor and the little round extensions sat in the cradles thus suspending the motor by one side to provide belt tension. There is also enough forward and back adjustability for all 3 pulley positions.
I got replacement oilers from McMaster Carr. It hase a faceplate screwed onto the headstock.
I think this takes a #1 Morse Taper?
Someday, I plan on getting it cleaned up and in working order, if I can find the toolrest. There was a post in Practicalmachinist.com back in May 2009 by MarcD referring to reproductions being made at Cattail Foundry, wherever that is.
-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef
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#15 posted 12-14-2015 08:29 PM
Rick, that is beautiful. Nice work.
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