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Old 08-29-2016, 06:10 AM   #253
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We hope that everything works out for you. And as Clint Eastwood says in Dirty Harry Movies, "A Man Must know his limitations".
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Please update us on the lathe with pictures too.
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By request - the Lathe renovation

I started with cleaning and painting the bed. Years of grime had built up to almost an inch thick in places. The paint was either missing or peeling on most of the bed. The new paint will make it much easier to keep clean.


I also cleaned all of the feeder threads and control rods.


The amount of grime on the feed rods can be really be seen when you compare it to the cleaned part of the rod. The part on the left has been degreased, but not yet cleaned. The part on the right has been cleaned.
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The automatic feed of the lathe wasn't working, so I took the carriage off and found a couple of bad bearings, which I replaced. In the process, I found some minor cracks that needed filling. (Sorry, no before/after photos) The casing is made out of cast iron, and welding cast iron without it cracking requires heating it. This is where an old electric stove comes in handy.

I put the casing on the top of the stove and turned on the burners on low and let them sit for a couple of hours, slowly raising the part temperature to a little over 200 C. You can use a gas barbecue also, but I wouldn't use a gas stove to do this unless you are there to watch it the entire time. The heating also drives the residual oil out of the pores of the cast iron.

Once welded, the part is left on the stove and left to slowly simmer and reducing its temperature slowly over 4 hours. The result is a repaired casing where the repair can't be seen (between the three arced holes on the right).
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Rebuilding the carriage gearbox meant cleaning all of the interior pieces, painting them and reassembling it.


One of the reasons the auto feed didn't work is that the friction gears were just too filthy! Here are two mating gears, one cleaned and one uncleaned.


They fit together like this:


During this process I've kept the lathe functional. There were a number of stripped machine screws in the gear casing, and the lathe is nice when it comes to converting a hex head to round slot screw.


The resulting screw is just the right diameter to fit in the control slot


The bushing surrounds were cleaned of grime and rust


The result is certainly better looking than what I started with, and will be much easier to keep clean and lube


The carriage gearbox assembled and ready to be mounted on the lathe
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The tail stock, unbeknownst to me, apparently is supposed to be able to slide sideways. I thought the split was a casting line because it didn't separate when I was rebuilding it. The reason for it being stuck was obvious - there was some serious rust holding them together.


I cleaned up the tail stock sliding areas and painted the rest.


The result is a tail stock that easily adjusts from side to side as well as in and out.
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Next, I turned my attention to the swarf tray.

Derusted, stripped and ready for paint


First coat of paint on


At the same time I stripped the bases


One of the bases was filled with old swarf. This is what I dug out of it:
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The electric motor needs to be cleaned out. I'm afraid the years of grime buildup inside it will cause a short. It's only 3.7kW, but I can hardly lift it! I managed to get the cracked pulley off of the shaft but I just couldn't get the pulley bushing off. After a week of trying different methods I hauled it down to the local tractor supply shop who removed it in about 20 minutes.

You can see the rust on the shaft that kept it from coming loose
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I'm looking for a nice used Lathe, I hear there is a beautifully restore one for sale over in Sweden with free shipping.
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I'm looking for a nice used Lathe, I hear there is a beautifully restore one for sale over in Sweden with free shipping.
And right now scattered all over my garage floor...right?

I have to admit that I am really enjoying restoring the lathe. It's the first time I've restored this type of machine. It's definitely a recommended project. I'll keep the updates coming.
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Ahhhhh what happened to the Motorhome ? I've been following but fell off the train. Did you get it done and I missed it?
Just curios.
Nice Lathe What does it do?
Sorry weird sense of humor today.
We had one in Metal Shop in Jr and Sr High School.

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The lathe is looking great! Lots of satisfaction there...

So I'm nosy - in the first lathe picture above, what are the white plastic pipes? I'm guessing in-floor radiant heat?
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in the first lathe picture above, what are the white plastic pipes? I'm guessing in-floor radiant heat?
I missed that, looks like a manifold with pex lines for in floor heat.

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Yeah, that's what I was guessing. I admit to some jealousy...
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