Woodchucker did a beautiful job with his restoration of that 1940 South Bend
metalworking lathe he just posted about. His post prompted me to offer
another lathe restoration, albeit a much more modest effort than his.
Along with a friend, I purchased last August a battered old 70's-era
Craftsman wood lathe, to be a starter lathe to get us going in woodturning.
It hadn't been treated kindly over its lifetime and we got it cheap. It took
me a while to do anything about it, but within the last couple months I
built a bench for it and completely restored the lathe with new ball
bearings for the headstock and the motor and a whole lot of other work to
clean and refurbish it and paint it up. Because it was going to be just a
starter lathe I tried not to spend too much on it, since I wouldn't get back
any investment when I later sold it and replaced it with a better one. I
claim, not quite truthfully, that I spent more on rattle-cans of paint than
Here's a link to a short Photobucket slide show: http://bit.ly/1kMypuu
On Sunday, August 3, 2014 2:09:46 PM UTC-5, tdacon wrote:
re modest effort than his.
Another excellent job. ^5 Tom.
When either you or Jeff are ready for another restoration, I have a 1954 (I
think) Craftsman shaper to give to you, free. I don't want or need it, a
s I have an older Rockwell, that I use. Both shapers run well, also. Ma
ybe somehow, some place, some time, we can make arrangements for either of
you to take possession of it, if you're interested.
On Sunday, August 3, 2014 3:42:49 PM UTC-5, woodchucker wrote:
Well, you can think on it.
I'm in Louisiana and it's not uncommon that I make 2 trips to N.C. (Statesville & Raleigh areas), each year, sometimes Hilton Head, or even Myrtle Beach.
There are tentative plans to go to D.C., in late October, to visit & watch my nephew run in the Marine Marathon (Oct. 26th).
I had one of those when I was in high school. I let my brother take
it when I went to college and it came back missing several key pieces
(like the foot and tail). I looked for parts but coming up short, I
finally trashed the rest when I retired (the first time) and moved
about seven years ago.
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