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Posted on Adapting metal working lathe for wood turning

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#1 posted 08-08-2017 10:06 PM

Well you did say adapting a metal lathe to turn wood maniac matt lol. I have a five quart ice cream pail of worn out split nuts. On the Atlas they are easy to change. use dry lube for feed works (they are not oil bathed) and paste wax on the ways. This particular lathe was bought in1949 to convert and turn Fishing bobbers….....Five million of them among other things. Last order for bobbers in 1965. it still ran 20-40 hours a week until 1998 when dad retired and I got the machine. I needed to put new bearings in it a couple years back so I converted it to 12” Never had a problem with gumming up the works. The ways show a little wear.002-.003 near the head stock but you certainly cant see it in the product lol It runs so smooth that on certain jobs we pull the apron back by hand instead of cranking it back!

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