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Blog entry by Eric posted 09-03-2011 06:24 PM 1453 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I found and ancient Montgomery Ward 32” lathe with a newer set of nice Craftsman turning tools ($35 for all). Its tough as an ox. I hope to steal the motor from my 1982 Duracraft drill press to mount on this lathe.

-- Eric

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#2 posted 09-03-2011 09:21 PM

Notice my OSHA approved testing rig. I took the 1/4hp motor off that drill press. Using the drill press as deadweight, I clamped the motor to the platform of the DP and turned my first test piece.

The lathe seems to operate well without any moaning or squeaking in the bearings. Now for a “real” stand and motor mount.

-- Eric

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#3 posted 09-03-2011 10:31 PM

very nice , glad osha isn’t around !

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 12:26 AM

Wow! That looks exactly my lathe! $35 is a steal! I can’t believe how much new lathes cost. I mean really, it’s just a spindle that spins. I always encourage people to buy old tools. It’s kind of nice in an era of planned obsolescence to be able to get the same job done with something old.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 12:29 AM

The tools are probably worth what you paid. Good find.

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#6 posted 09-04-2011 01:30 PM

Nice Find! You’ll have fun with that. I don’t know if that 1/4 horse motor will have enough power. You might want to do a little research on that before you go to the effort to build a mount and belt tightener for it.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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