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Blog series by Rick M. updated 06-09-2014 04:23 AM 5 parts 9426 reads 32 comments total

Part 1: Stand finished and first turning

03-30-2013 03:33 AM by Rick M. | 15 comments »

I happened across this Craftsman lathe, the previous owner hated it and wanted $50 for it so I took it home. It came with a 2×4 stand, 1/3HP motor, 2 faceplates, a spur drive and cup center. First thing I did was disassemble, clean, and reassemble everything. Some things had been put together wrong; the drive pulley was in the wrong place so the indexing pin wouldn’t engage and the tailstock handwheel would move in and out instead of the ram. The bearings seemed fine out of the...

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Part 2: Shop made disc sander lathe attachment

04-14-2013 02:16 AM by Rick M. | 4 comments »

I picked up some 6” psa sandpaper at the Borg, cut a couple MDF circles and attached them to faceplates. The stand is made from 1/2”x 3” black pipe and a floor flange. I found some 9” psa discs online so I can go a bit bigger.

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Part 3: Measuring lathe speed with an ink jet printer and fluorescent light

04-21-2013 11:15 PM by Rick M. | 8 comments »

After switching my lathe to a variable speed DC motor I had no way of knowing it’s range so rather than buying a digital tachometer for a one off measurement I used some old tech… a homemade strobe tachometer. A google image search yielded a variety of discs designed for measuring speeds from 60 rpm up to 7200 rpm. After printing out 4 papers discs I found my lathe is capable of 240 rpm up to an estimated 2,800 rpm (estimated because this method jumps from 2,400 to 3,600 rpm). I d...

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Part 4: Lathe tool holder and disc sander

10-25-2013 06:03 PM by Rick M. | 1 comment »

Please excuse the messy shop. I feel like I spend more time cleaning than woodworking and it’s still cluttered. Disc sander attachment for lathe. 8” MDF disc, faceplate is holly, glued and screwed to disc, tapped to 3/4-16. Part of a holly branch which usually wouldn’t be useful but I drilled out the pith to prevent checking, it dried just fine. Lathe tool holder from PVC pipe. I really like this. Initially screwed directly to the wood stand, I quickly reali...

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Part 5: Banjo tune-up

06-09-2014 04:23 AM by Rick M. | 4 comments »

King Seeley never bothered to clean up the parts after casting, that was left to future owners and most of them didn’t. My lathe was around for 54 years and most surfaces were rough as a cob when I brought it home. Here I’m cleaning up the banjo.

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