Craftsman/King Seeley 9x30 Lathe #5: Banjo tune-up

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Blog entry by Woodknack posted 06-09-2014 04:23 AM 3251 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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King Seeley never bothered to clean up the parts after casting, that was left to future owners and most of them didn’t. My lathe was around for 54 years and most surfaces were rough as a cob when I brought it home. Here I’m cleaning up the banjo.

-- Rick M,

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 10:59 PM

Oh … THAT kind of banjo. When you said you were doing a “Banjo tune up” , I thought you meant THIS

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#2 posted 06-10-2014 03:28 AM

You are taking all the patina off RICK.LOL
I like what you did with this old lathe .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 06-10-2014 04:04 AM

Ha, yeah well it was some bumpy patina. It was quite amazing how much casting flash was left on the lathe. There were parts that just didn’t work. The banjo didn’t slide at all when I got it, you had to pick it up and sort of jiggle it into place. The tailstock didn’t work correctly, wasn’t assembled correctly, and couldn’t be assembled correctly because there was flash inside. The headstock pulley was on backwards. The underside of the ways had flakes of metal so large you could pinch them off. The people who sold me the lathe went on and on about how much they hated it and I’m sure they did but all it needed was a little file work. When I get it around to smoothing out some other pieces I plan on repainting.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 06-11-2014 12:21 AM

I’ve been following your videos on the King Seeley lathe for about a while now. I have had one siting in a corner of my shop waiting for a the right treadmill motor on craigslist. I really liked the infinite variable speed you got going on and I must have it too. I appreciate the information you have shared with us on this cool little lathe.

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