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Offline Don1966

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Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« on: January 08, 2020, 12:44:56 AM »
a friend gave me this old wood turning lathe. It belonged to his dad who was one of my best friends. He died years ago and he wanted me to have it. I gave his dad the chisels for it over 55 years ago and they are still in great shape. As i progress with the restore i will document it if any are interested.


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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2020, 01:21:33 AM »
Count me in!

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2020, 01:32:34 AM »
I'm ready!


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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2020, 01:41:10 AM »
I am another looking forward to following along,

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2020, 02:33:19 AM »
Count me in Don!  :popcornsmall:

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2020, 05:09:43 AM »
Sounds like a pretty interesting project, Don!  :popcorn:
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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2020, 06:22:05 AM »
I will be following your project  Don.

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2020, 06:51:55 AM »
Looks interesting  :) Do you know how old it is? Is the drive motor underneath the headstock?
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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2020, 01:11:47 PM »
You know how I feel about lathes.....  8)

Following along......

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2020, 02:58:28 PM »
Looks interesting  :) Do you know how old it is? Is the drive motor underneath the headstock?
Yes the motor is underneath Roger! I was told 100 years old but I am try to fine information on it



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Offline Dan Rowe

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2020, 04:56:19 PM »
That looks like a fairly heavy machine. That will be handy with wood that takes some trimming to get a round section. I have seen light wood lathes start dancing.

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2020, 05:31:56 PM »
I'm interested too. :popcorn:    Terry

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2020, 09:52:17 PM »
Look forward to following the resto!  :ThumbsUp:

Looks like the large pull E on the spindle needs some love. If you buy a new one, make sure it's a pull E and not a pull F.  :Lol:

Sorry for first bad pun of the resto..... :embarassed:
« Last Edit: January 08, 2020, 09:56:21 PM by cnr6400 »

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2020, 09:45:40 PM »
Started on the tail stock to see how bad things were. It was frozen but after some playing it freed up. The center is a live center and has a bearing. The handwheel was remade and from the photo you can see the rmains of the orginal one in front of it. I tried to remove the live center it seems to be a MT taper, but it is stuck pretty well and i will probable need some heat to loosen it up. The locking clamp screw was also modified and i will probalby make a new one plus a new hand wheel for the tailstock quil. I will continue to disassemble the lathe and will get the bed blasted by a friend. The motor that you see i am thinking of replacing with a three phase and a VFD drive. Thanks for the followers and i would like your input on this as i progress as well.

Don

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Re: Refurishing an old wood turning lathe
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2020, 04:02:25 PM »
Can you get behind the center from the back of the spindle?
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