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Thread: My old Craftsman 103.23070 wood lathe

  1. #1
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    Jun 2010
    Croton, Ohio (about a half hour NE of Columbus)

    My old Craftsman 103.23070 wood lathe

    I took the lathe apart the other day to do a little minor repair and cleanup and got completely carried away. I still have the extension bed and long tool rest to clean and paint, but I got the basics finished.

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    When I got this from my dad the only tool rest with it was a long double rest so I had this made.
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    The name badge had been painted over and was beyond cleaning up so I drew this one up, printed it out on a heavy label and cemented it to a piece of aluminum flashing. now it looks official
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    Croton, Ohio (about a half hour NE of Columbus)
    This is what it looked like before:

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  3. #3
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    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Nice job Roy
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  4. #4
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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Great job, and I love it when old iron is brought back to life!
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    Oct 2007
    Indianola, Ia about 12 miles south of Des Moines
    Looks brand new right down to the label.

  6. #6
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    Oct 2006
    Central NY State
    Roy, excellent job on a great old piece. Ready for another 70 years or so. [Just guessing vintage.]
    Last edited by ken werner; 07-17-2012 at 11:17 AM. Reason: typo
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  7. #7
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    That cleaned up quite nicely Roy.

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  8. #8
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    You did a fine job on that. There was a time when Craftsman made a lot of good tools. In my retirement community we see a very lot of old Craftsman table saws (I recently bought one) and lathes. Yers is an oldie but goodie.
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  9. #9
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    Dec 2006
    Independence, Kentucky
    Roy I have the same vintage lathe that I bought new for a whopping $25.00 that was in 1956 I think, that has been a while back. Mine doesn't look as pretty though. Mine is grey where yours was red, and the one that I have doesn't have the tailstock locking knob that yours has, I just have an acorn nut on mine, otherwise identical. You did a great job on the restore.

  10. #10
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That looks great, Roy. You did an awesome job on it. Like Ken said, now the lathe is ready for many more years of use.
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