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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 08-15-2010 12:47 AM 8391 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an Old Craftsman Lathe I bought with the set of chisels for $20 quite a few years ago.

I originally built this bench so the lathe folded under the table just like a sewing machine.

I hardly ever folded it down, but when it was folded, the table would be cluttered when I

I wanted to use it, so a few years ago, I did a complete renovation of the bench.

I changed it to storage drawers, instead of enclosed shelves.

I recently put casters under it, so I can move it around much easier.

You’ll notice the Combination Face Shield, Dust collector I made. It works real good.

I recently installed new bearings, & a new motor, & a link belt. It sure runs smooth now.

You may have read in my blog that I was buying a old larger lathe, but it didn’t pan out.

The lathe had some problems that I didn’t care to mess around with.

So I’m back to my old faithful lathe. I can’t make larger items on its 9” swing, but it works great.

Plus a new coat of paint makes it almost new ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
More images of Shield.

You can slide the shield along, were you’re working.

It has a piano hinge for the lid.

I paid 50 cents each for these card file drawers.

This is the new tool rest I recently bought. Click here.
My old tool rest was always getting full of nicks, this new one doesn’t do that. It stays nice, & smooth.

Here’s an ad for this lathe in a 1950 Popular Mechanics. I wonder what tools will cost in another 50 years?_

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 01:33 AM

Nice job on the shield/dust collector.

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 01:46 AM

Nice job on the cabinet nice conversion. I like the idea of the face sheild that would offer more protection than one you wear.Good idea good build…......................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 02:09 AM

That looks real good Dick. I really like that cabinet.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 02:35 AM

The card catalog style handles are great.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 02:36 AM

Great job, Dick! Sounds like it will give many more years of service to you.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 04:01 AM

That must be an old lath.The only Craftsman laths i have seen have a tube fot the bed

-- wchips

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 04:47 AM

This is really nice. I would like to see more pic’s of the dust collector/face shield.
Great job!

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 05:30 AM

I like it Dick lots of good drawers and little cubbies.

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#9 posted 08-15-2010 05:34 AM

That’s pretty dagbone nice. I’ll have to djinn up something like that for my new (old) lathe.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 08-15-2010 06:08 AM

Nice one Dick.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 08-15-2010 07:53 AM

Renewed is the new, new! It’s awesome when a tool is good enough to fix up with a few simple things… and a brilliant bench to go with it. Beats my lathe setup which sits outside under a canopy!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#12 posted 08-15-2010 03:49 PM

Great bench and great restoration on the old lathe!

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

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#13 posted 08-15-2010 05:15 PM

Very nice job Dick, looks great. By the way I got your last Skype message, I just couldn’t answer you I had too many things pluged in to the same USB Port, it couldn’t handle it all, so I at least knew you were heading for the cabin. LOL I have to make me one of those curved catchers you have behind your tool rest to catch the chips and junk. Classy idea. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 08-15-2010 11:48 PM

Thank you all, for the nice comments.

I just added a couple more images of the Face shield, dust collector.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Richard Dunlap

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#15 posted 08-16-2010 12:04 AM

Great looking cabinet. I especially liked the old ad. I have the lath and the 3 wheel band saw that is in it.

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