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Project by MedicKen posted 05-24-2010 06:02 AM 3622 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not really a wood project but it will be able to make some really cool projects in the future. I picked up this lathe from a nice gentleman for $150. It was really dirty and had a fair amount of rust and needed to have bearings replaced. Over the past several days I completely disassembled the lathe and using electrolosis removed the rust and wire brushed every inch. I then primed the bare metal, one of the benefits of electrolysis is paint removal, and painted with Rustoluem smoke gray. The planks that the bed and motor are attached to are the originals. They were really dirty and beat up pretty bad. I ran the edges over the jointer and then surface planed them to clean up the surfaces. I then sanded them to 150 grit and applied 3 coats of Deft lacquer with a wipe down of 0000 steel wool between coats. The bearings in the headstock were replaced as well as a new belt. Motor bearings were also replaced and while the motor was apart it was painted as well. I am hoping that it was last another 50 years and I can hand it down to my kids. Thanks for looking.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#2 posted 05-24-2010 06:23 AM

cool toy .

good rebuild !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

#3 posted 05-24-2010 07:11 AM

that is one sweet lathe what year is it do you know?

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#4 posted 05-24-2010 07:15 AM

1962…..Good year for lathes and me!!

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#5 posted 05-24-2010 07:37 AM

gorgeous lathe

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#6 posted 05-24-2010 08:14 AM

Very nicely done, it looks factory new.
Would have loved to see what it was like before you started.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 05-24-2010 09:14 AM

Very impressive restoration. I assume its a Delta, probably looks great in the same shop with that Unisaw you’ve got. This makes me want to get back to work on a machine restoration I have.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#8 posted 05-24-2010 02:06 PM

Great job on the restoration. Restoring a tool is a project.

That motor looks huge. Do you know how much horsepower it has?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 05-24-2010 02:34 PM

This is the very first lathe I owned. I learned very quickly that turning was going to be a major part of my shop time and traded up pretty quickly. I am now using my 3rd and 4th lathes. You did a nice job rehabing. Enjoy.

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#10 posted 05-24-2010 02:39 PM

Great looking tool, and a great restoration. Looks like it should easily last another generation of woodworkers!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 05-24-2010 03:40 PM

The lathe started out in good condition to begin with, a little dirt and some rust. It all cleaned up well with a wire brush and electrolysis.

Rich….1/2 hp

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#12 posted 05-24-2010 04:08 PM

Great job Ken.

You are an inspiration. Makes me want to finish my Unisaw.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#13 posted 05-24-2010 06:04 PM

The lathe is a Rockwell isn’t it? Those were the kind we had in school.

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#14 posted 05-24-2010 06:57 PM

Jockmike2…..It is indeed a Rockwell. Built in 1962. After getting it vleaned up and back together I am very impressed with the quality of the castings and how heavy this little lathe is. It is also very smooth and no vibration. We’ll see how it does after I get some tools and mountings and stick some lumber on it.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#15 posted 05-24-2010 07:14 PM

I have that very same lathe!

You have a great lathe there. I have used mine since about 1969. I got it in a trade with some other tools for an old motorcycle and cleaned it up and painted it as you did. These old machines never die. The way they are built they just need some tender loving care and they are better than most of the new machines available today. I’m big into resurrecting old machines!


-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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