Scrap Iron Wood |Lathe #3: Setting down a well rooted base and bed of the Scrap Iron lathe

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Blog entry by bushmaster posted 05-11-2016 11:51 PM 2533 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As with any plant it is only as good as the root system, fertalize liberally with 20.20.20 imagination. I had some scrap 5 inch pipe that had held up the system to deliver scrap to the burner. Braces etc had to be cut off and then cut to length.

I could get 2 pieces full length but one had to be made up in 3 pieces. Only had a couple inches left over. I then dragged a sheet of steel into the carport and built the base right on top of the steel sheet. That way you do not have to measure twice and still get it wrong and off square. The channel iron ends came from a camper trailer and was the right length and width. that doesn’t happen very often.

The center pipe is set off side to give a larger floor area for standing. the base metal was 4 ft. by 6 ft.. Just hat the doctor ordered. The came the job of welding the pipes to the end channel iron, to make the job easier I found a sky hook usefull.

Next step would be to weld the head stock in place and fit the deck and weld it. This picture shows how it looks even though I welded it later, just a fit up.

While I am using free WiFi I will show you how I pre assembled the bet section. I wanted to be able to unbolt it if necessary so I cut double angle iron for each end and made shims in case It was not quite right after welding, Match drilled 3—3/4 inch holes for bolts, Heavy angle iron matched the size of the lathe, found it under a tree, don’t know where I got it.

Since the railroad steel was badly pitted by rust I chose to overlay it with 1/2 by 3 inch steel, clamped and welded in place, top and bottom.

Last step is to position both rail road pieces side by side with one of the angle iron pieces on each end. Lots of clamps and plates on the top to get it so called perfectly flat, parallel, and straight, as possible. One chance to do this right, then weld. Once tacked I tried to tip it up to get a better angle to weld it, but couldn’t budge it, quess I am getting weak in my old age Had to use a jack.

So that all there is to it, Next time I will show you how I assembled the bed to the headstock. easier said than done, to heavy to hold in place, but as they say when there is a will there is a way..

Thanks for your interest, quite a few have read this blog, mabe you are thinking it will not happen again, I think you would be right, built to las a life time.

Comments are interesting and appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 05-12-2016 12:00 AM

I have no doubt that this thing will last a lifetime .. yours, AND YOUR CHILDREN’S !

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#2 posted 05-12-2016 03:28 AM

And grand children!

-- shuja

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#3 posted 05-12-2016 06:30 AM

The more I know and see of this lathe you made brian, the more in awe I am sir of your “where-with-all”...

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 05-14-2016 04:24 AM

Interesting build, I like that reciprocating hacksaw. Popular Mechanics had a plan to make one using old
connecting rods and a few other parts. You have a very well equipped shop and the knowledge and skill
to use the tools. I notice you still have the chains on your tractor in the third picture. Winter had still not
decided to make for spring yet looking at the mountains. Both you and Bondogaposis have wonderful
scenery for your shops.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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