Lathe Refurbish #1: Starting with an unexpected gift.

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Blog entry by Druid posted 11-29-2017 06:36 AM 2922 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a project that has been on the back burner for a while now. It started when a neighbour drove into my driveway and started to unload a variety of items. He explained that, since he knew I was interested in woodworking, he thought that I might be able to make use of his old wood lathe. Here is what he unloaded . . .

What he gave me was a combination of 2 similar lathes that had been combined to make a longer than normal lathe bed . . . Read that as 57” center to center, and it has a little more than 5”swing over the bed.

So far, I’ve only done a general cleanup, and started a new paint job . . .

I dont recognise the logo on the head, so any info is welcome.
Next step will be to get the motor rewired (I don’t like seeing bare copper), and re-mounted. Then there will have to be a bit of a squaredance to find the best spot for it, without interfering with the other tools.

Comments welcome.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#1 posted 11-29-2017 07:44 AM

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#2 posted 11-29-2017 12:32 PM

Nice job. With a lathe you might consider a platform underneath and box for weight. Weght stabilizes everything and with that length you will definitely need it.
You’ve done a great job so far. What size is the motor. I have a 1/3 hp on mine and it does a very good job.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 11-29-2017 01:39 PM

That is a beauty, John! You really made that lathe proud!!

I agree about adding the weight for stability, especially if you plan on turning green bowls.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-29-2017 02:56 PM

Do I see a four poster bed with lovely turned posts just around the corner here John?
Nice cleanup!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 11-29-2017 04:16 PM

Hi John, I’m sure you will love having a lathe. I’m on my third, and it has an extension. You could weld flanges on yours where the beds join and have the same thing. That way your lathe takes up half the space most of the year. When you mount the motor consider a hinged base, then to change speeds you just lift the motor and move the belt. Good luck turning!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 11-29-2017 06:38 PM

Thats one fine looking lathe now, cast iron so it will be just as good as many you buy today, I have an old Delta from the early 60’s that i refurbished, it was in the high school where I first taught. I like fixing things up. you have did a fine job. What thread is on the spindle. Nice to have the extension, but they rarely get used, would be nice space wise, to be able to attach it when needed. I think I would pick a another motor rather than rewinding, rewind cost could run 4 times what the motor is worth, because off that they will not rewind motors under 5hp. Here the hourly rate is over 100$ to have them just look at it.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 11-30-2017 01:14 AM

A nice “score” there John & looking good so far, if the motor is shot could be an opportunity to go up a couple of notches & get a bit more grunt.
With a 57” bed I can see a steady being one of your early projects :)
Keep us up to date with the finished job / first project

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 11-30-2017 10:22 AM

Thanks Dutchy.
Bruce and Lew – Good suggestion on the additional weight for stability. Thanks.
Bruce – The motor is 1/2hp.
Paul – “four poster bed”? Not in the near future, but I see what you mean. It might be used for staffs or canes first.
John – Your hinge suggestion is exactly what I had in mind (see photo below). Thanks for the suggestion.
Brian – I should have explained in more detail. I don’t need to have the motor rewound, it’s just the power cord that needs replacing, and a suitable power switch mounted on the lathe (see photo below).
Pete – Right. A steady might be a good project idea.

I’m still hoping that someone will come up with the information as to the manufacturer??

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 11-30-2017 06:40 PM

Man my neighbors suck. Lol. Awesome gift and I love the paint job. If u can’t find out who the maker is just put John Deere stickers on it Keep up the good work

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#10 posted 12-01-2017 12:20 AM

JCamp – I noticed from one of the photos in your Rustic saw till project, that you are also an owner of a John Deere. ;) I’ll wait a bit longer to see if anyone can identify the manufacturer. In the meantime, I’ll associate the green finish with Lew’s comment about doing “Green” turnings. :)
Thanks for the comments.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#11 posted 12-04-2017 01:47 AM

Nice work giving the lathe new life. it looks real good!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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