Refurbished lathe and stand.

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Project by JBarnes posted 07-04-2017 02:24 AM 1285 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I inherited my Grandfather’s Craftsman lathe. From the best I can tell it is over 60 years old. It was in rough shape I put a lot of elbow grease and spit shine on this thing. I found the missing parts I needed on ebay. I had the original motor with it. It was caked in some much saw dust and filth from the years I decided to crack it open to clean it out. I’m glad I did because the wires in the motor were rotten and could of been a fire hazard. Best to get a new motor. I finally got it all wired up and I put a dimmer switch on it to help regulate the speed of the motor. Time will tell if that was a good idea or not. I will be getting a grinder to mount to the far side of the table to add a little more weight. I also need to rethink my tool storage with them laying horizontal they will shake out when I am roughing out a piece.

-- If at first you don't succeed get a bigger hammer.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-04-2017 03:30 AM

Nice work on getting it going. I think I have a tailstock for that lathe for sale on E bay. So if you every need another one, I may still have it.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 07-04-2017 03:42 AM

an oldie but goodie.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 07-04-2017 02:24 PM

Nice work! I hope that you will find a good deal on whatever else you need and that everything works well together. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 07-05-2017 12:21 AM

Nice rebuild! There are plenty of tool holder ideas here on LJs.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 07-05-2017 01:12 PM

Looks good. I don’t know what kind of motor you put on it, but if it’s a common induction type motor I think using a dimmer switch might burn up the motor.

-- Ted

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#6 posted 07-06-2017 01:31 PM

That is awesome. I would rather have my grandfather’s tools and refurb them than brand new shiny tools.

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