$60 lathe tour
Here ya go Doug we have a pair. Mine is a little newer than yours I think but not much it was made in the 30's It is called a double duty lathe. The bearings in the head stock are like the bearings in the front end of a rear wheel drive car. The bearings were originally meant to be oiled. I have removed them & packed them in high temp auto bearing grease this has worked out just fine. I have been using it for about 5 years now.
I intend to get a VFD & 3 phase motor & convert it in the future. I'll also build a heavy metal stand at that time. We already have the metal in the form of 2 manufactured home hitch tongues. So about another $250 & I shouldn't be needing another lathe for a long time. If I do I'll build it my self.
The bench bottoms are 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood with 2 pieces of pine between all laminated together with a 2x4 across each end for feet with 1 8" concrete block & then a double layer of 3/4" plywood for a shelf & then 2 more 8" block & a piece of pine or plywood on top of the block. All this has 2 pieces of all-thread running up through each leg or set of blocks & a washer & nylock nut on each end tightened down. Then I laminated up a 2x4 top & ran 3 all-thread Through the top front to back & again washers & nylock nuts. It weighs up at around 430#.
The motor was one I had kicking around in the shop. It wasn't reversible so I had to mount it to the left. The only cost I have in this bench is the all-thread, nuts & washers. I have about $50 in the lathe & belt.
You can get a newer lathe & you can get a bigger lathe but this one will work to turn most of the average things you can think up to turn.
I made a floor stand up for turning outboard from a tire rim with 3 nuts spaced evenly around the rim & welded for 3 bolts to turn through fro feet & a flat piece of metal welded over the center hole with 1 piece of pipe welded to it & anothe telescoping from inside the 1st pipe a nut welded onto the side over a hole & a bolt with a rod welded across the bolt head as a handle running through the nut to hold the telescoping pipe in place with a heavy piece of metal welded to the top end of the pipe & the lathe bandjo fastened to the top of it.
I threw in a special pic since you mentioned a mallet. Its made of red oak & was a surprise for my best friend. He uses it all the time in his shop.
Lets see the junk tools.
Oh & if you don't have a welder get one & learn how to use it. They come in mighty handy from time ot time. A wire feed will probably do just fine. Mine is a stick welder.
As old Oly,Sven & Lars vould say you ust never know until you ask if some vone has vone of dos funny lookin olt lathes.
Last edited by Bart Leetch; 02-11-2007 at 02:26 PM.
"Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
"If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart