Picked up my new to me lathe today and got it set up in it's new home. It's a Craftsman 6X32 from 1945. According to the guy I got it from it was his dads and hasn't been used in 30 years. It's in great shape and has everything with it along with a milling attachment and bench with drawers. Now the fun begins as I never used a metal lathe before so I have a lot of research to do along with YouTube videos to figure out how to use it.
Ken, that lathe looks like it was made by Atlas for Craftsman,that's a good thing and the stand/ cabinet is just awesome sir. I made pipes on a 1940's Craftsman 6x12 Dunlap lathe for several years, it was a bugger but, I managed to do it when I was told
I couldn't. She looks like a nice one with just about everything you need, hopes she runs smooth and true for ya sir.
A lathe from 1945 that is operational, that is saying something...pretty darn cool!
I have posted threads on Snuff where they are using tools from a couple hundred years old, wood working where many of the tools go back to the last century, and tobacco processing where the machines go back decades...that says something.
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So far I've figured out how to make things move on it and all the different speeds to work with. The thing I like is my Comet chuck fits this lathe and my woodworking lathe without changing adapters so I can go between the two easily. I might try to machine something on it tonite if I get some other projects moved forward.
Post by briarpipenyc on Jan 3, 2020 21:22:18 GMT -5
Running a metal lathe, and fabricating useful tooling, and objects-of-desire can be very rewarding. Watching and learning from You-tube videos will be most useful. You will be surprised at what you can machine and make on a hobby level metal cutting lathe.
If you learn how to accurately center work in an 4-jaw chuck, you'll be able to make pipes from oddly shaped briar blocks. Have fun, and good luck.