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Project by DaddyT posted 01-13-2009 04:18 AM 2939 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this lathe from a guy I meet when I went to have the front brakes put on my wifes car. Its a 1956 Craftsman with a 12 inch rest(sweep?) and 39 inches from point to point. I consider myself very lucky to have found this deal. Paid $120 for the lathe, stand, knives, calipers, 2 different size plates, AND about 100 pieces of walnut, maple, and oak spildles. The wood varies in size from 3 foot long to 10 inches, most being 1 1/4” x1”. I dont know for sure but Im guessing the wood alone was worth the $120. The lathe works fine and dandy but could use some cleaning up, which I plane to do ( if I can quit playing with it long enough ). Ive touched up the edges of the knives and the are great.Now all I have to do is figure out how to really use the darn thing to make something worth posting on here. Need a chuck (I think? ) to turn some bowls and plates, which is really what I wanted a lathe for . Always wanted to have a good lathe and learn how to use it, so now I’ll take any and all help you guys can offer !! p.s. Also got a Craftsman shaper from him as well. Paid $50 for it but I have no cutters as of yet. Been looking on ebay for some that I can afford, but as of yet no luck.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut [email protected]#%#[email protected]!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#1 posted 01-13-2009 04:37 AM

A great find. Looks like you are off to a new area of woodworking. Up to now I have been doing my own break jobs, but…......

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#2 posted 01-13-2009 04:40 AM

Nice score!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-13-2009 04:42 AM

awesome deal! def. the wood alone is worth that investment. free lathe and tools? can’t beat that.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 01-13-2009 05:17 AM

Great Find

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 01-13-2009 05:19 AM


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#6 posted 01-13-2009 05:52 AM

Great Score! You deserve it though for taking good care of your wife’s car. Have fun!

-- Gary D.

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#7 posted 01-13-2009 06:08 AM

great find, yep, free tools with some nice wood… bonus that they are nice quality vintage tools. Looking forward to seeing what comes of it.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 01-13-2009 06:31 AM

Gee, somebody already took my word…but a good word is worth repeating. SCORE!

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#9 posted 01-13-2009 06:45 AM

The treasure hunt winner….is…....(drum roll….....) Jimi..!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 01-13-2009 06:45 AM

Good catch. Did he throw in the car repair also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 01-13-2009 12:45 PM


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#12 posted 01-13-2009 03:26 PM

Sweet. Nice spindle stock too. So nice to have a bunch of wood to play around with.

A few suggestions:
Make a cover for that exposed belt.
File the tool rest smooth.
Old Craftsman lathes used a MT1 taper and Grizzly still sells cheap centers with this size.
Grizzly also sells a fairly cheap faceplate and insert, much cheaper than a chuck.

And there are a lot of nice videos on YouTube about sharpening and turning.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 01-13-2009 03:50 PM

I am sure you got $120 in wood. Therefore, you got a free lathe and tools. Good job!

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#14 posted 01-13-2009 06:19 PM

How would you like to make a quick $100, 150, 200 ?? OK, as I have suggested, in previous comments, is go take a turning class. If you can’t do that try the public library and READ extensively (ie don’t just look at the pictures) There is a lot that you need to understand and experience and trial and error can be a very pailful experience. Done properly turning can be the most satisfying experience. How about cost + $250

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#15 posted 01-14-2009 01:39 AM

I got a similar deal on a very similar lathe. My suggestion would be to invest in a class or read a lot. Also, I was anxious to jump right into bowl turning before I learned a lot and I could have really hurt myself. I got lucky a few times before I got smart and decided to learn something first. Do this and you will get addicted quickly!

-- Patrick

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