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Re: I did a bad bad thing......
« Reply #60 on: August 10, 2017, 05:26:26 PM »
Dave,
If you want to make a screw cutting attachment there is a set of drawings in Practical Benchwork for Horologists be Louis Levin and Samuel Levin. It has a lot of useful tips for micro lathe work.

I have a hand lever that I mentioned and I can make a drawing for anyone interested in making one for the Levin slide.

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Re: I did a bad bad thing......
« Reply #61 on: August 10, 2017, 08:52:45 PM »
Dave,
As you most likely know anything with Levin stamped on it goes for a premium price. This makes a Levin triple or double slide a bit expensive. The only reason to go with a Levin over a Boley or a Derbyshire of other good slide is the Levin has an extension of the main lead screw. The purpose of the lead screw extension is to use a screw cutting attachment.

http://www.watchtoolsonline.com/Screw-Cutting-Attachment-for-Levin-other-Watchmakers-Lathes-7047.htm

The other feature on a Levin slide that is not on other slides is there is a recess with a pin in the top surface this is for a hand lever. The lead screw can be removed and the hand lever attached for rapid travel.

I have been collecting Levin parts for a few years now. I started with a Levin triple slide that I got at a steamup for cheap. The rest of the lathe has not been cheap.

Dan
The reason I got this lathe cheap is because it's a War Board Finish lathe and Not chrome plated.    Otherwise it would have been much more.
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Re: I did a bad bad thing......
« Reply #62 on: August 10, 2017, 11:30:10 PM »
Pictures of lathe in box....and where this is heading...

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« Reply #63 on: August 10, 2017, 11:48:43 PM »
I just picked up a faceplate for this lathe.    Horological type.

Perfect

My objective is drilling really small holes    sub 0.015 and turning facing boring in the same size range

Between the horological plate faceplate and glue type faceplates and a handful of collets, I should be good to go.

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Re: I did a bad bad thing......
« Reply #64 on: August 11, 2017, 12:33:14 AM »
The box is perfect and room for more stuff in there too. Once you get all the accessories you need are you going to repaint it of leave the original war finish on it?

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« Reply #65 on: August 11, 2017, 12:45:18 AM »
Haven't made up my m,ind on paint....if I do repaint, it would have to be a complete match color.....We'll see   I;'m getting ahead of myself


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« Reply #66 on: September 02, 2017, 03:33:48 PM »
A proper motor for her....with foot pedal..and it works perfectly   Little used.

I'm guessing 1930's....but in perfect condition.

Dave
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Re: I did a bad bad thing......
« Reply #67 on: September 02, 2017, 06:01:14 PM »
You might want to replace those cords...they look to be about 1930 as well  :lolb:  Nice looking motor though !!

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« Reply #68 on: September 02, 2017, 09:46:30 PM »
You might want to replace those cords...they look to be about 1930 as well  :lolb:  Nice looking motor though !!

Bill

Funny thing is Bill, they're perfect!    I wish they had a ground wire, but they are perfect.  This was not used that much that's for sure.

Hell the wicks in the oil cups are still wet with oil!


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« Reply #69 on: September 03, 2017, 08:16:17 PM »
Had a few minutes today.    Did some organization in the shop, and built my new bench.   It's a watchmakers bench, and it's perfect for small work....obviously

I then set up the Levin on the bench, and decided to spend some time cleaning it.

Wow!!!   This lathe has sit for a long time!!!   Oil Varnish was everywhere.   I pulled the spindle, and started cleaning with lighter fluid and PB Blaster penetrating oil.   The PB seemed to cut through the varnish the best.   The varnish was removed from the bearing surfaces with the PB, a clean bed sheet rag, and my thumbnail.    I was rewarded with bearings in perfect condition!   I'm still attacking the bearing bores, as there is still quite a bit of varnish in there.    I mean this lathe must have sit for 30+ years anyway!....there was even varnish on the bearing surfaces which have like a 0.0001" or so clearance...so it definitely sat for that to happen.

It's going to be a great addition that's for sure....pictures to follow

Dave
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Re: I did a bad bad thing......
« Reply #70 on: September 03, 2017, 09:46:30 PM »
That jeweler's bench should be perfect for it Dave. Looking forward to the pics. As Cletus says, until there's pics, it didn't happen :)

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Re: I did a bad bad thing......
« Reply #71 on: September 03, 2017, 10:32:54 PM »
Dave, might I ask where you got the bench?  Thinking it may be a good long term solution for the Cowells as well.

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« Reply #72 on: September 03, 2017, 10:39:20 PM »
I got it on ebay from Grobet.

It's a true watchmakers bench, so it's high    39"      but for small work, that's perfect

It basically will put your line of site in line with the lathe spindle...so It's easy to get up close with an optivisor or a loop.

Dave


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Re: I did a bad bad thing......
« Reply #73 on: September 03, 2017, 10:44:16 PM »
Thanks Dave, I had done a google search and that one came up, wasn't on ebay though, I am guessing another of Grobet's distributors. It says it ships in two boxes with heavy duty packaging. Was that the same for your and if so, did you run into any shipping damage?

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« Reply #74 on: September 03, 2017, 10:47:24 PM »
Hey Bill

Nope, put it together today.   Everything was in it, and the parts were not damaged.     It's OK....if I had the space and time, I'd a built one, but I don't

This will do though


Waiting for pictures to load from my phone.    Center height is a dead match.    Spindle run out at the collet face is less than 0.0001....it makes a tenths indicator quiver ever so slightly....I'll call that 0.000050"....   WOW! 

I got lucky that's for sure!

Dave
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