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Vintage Wood Lathe Restoration

  • September 24, 2016
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My wife found a 1960 Craftsman Wood lathe at a garage sale for $10.00 it was rusty with a homemade wooden stand that was falling apart. The first thing I did was fix the motor,that was easy. Then I sand blasted every part, and painted everything that needed painting, being from Stillwater I chose orange because of the OSU Cowboy Football. I then Bought a metal stand then built a wooden top and as you can see big enough to tackle any thing. Then I mounted hooks for the calipers and drilled holes for the lathe tools. And bought a mounting kit for making bowls, which I haven't done yet as you can see from the piece of wood on it I am practicing, after all it has been more than 20 years since I have used a wood lathe. But even though there was a lot involved in it's restoration it wasn't that difficult. And remembering how to use one was easy even at my age I guess once you learn you never really forget. And for the size for the lathe it will hold a 4' x 12" piece of stock. To buy one that size today would cost several thousand dollars, but this one only cost me my time and maybe $100.00 to $150.00 to complete. I am very proud of that, gives me more money for other projects. I know a lot of men consider their game room their man cave but not me my garage is my fortress of solitude, I am the man here I can build restore or fabricate anything I want.

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  • Wow! What a find! You're doing a great job restoring this piece of equipment. Can't wait to see some of the great projects you create with this!
    By RYOBI Nation, on September 25, 2016

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Vintage Wood Lathe Restoration

by user_foreman_467643
Sep 24, 2016

My wife found a 1960 Craftsman Wood lathe at a garage sale for $10.00 it was rusty with a homemade wooden stand that was falling apart. The first thing I did was fix the motor,that was easy. Then I sand blasted every part, and painted everything that needed painting, being from Stillwater I chose orange because of the OSU Cowboy Football. I then Bought a metal stand then built a wooden top and as you can see big enough to tackle any thing. Then I mounted hooks for the calipers and drilled holes for the lathe tools. And bought a mounting kit for making bowls, which I haven't done yet as you can see from the piece of wood on it I am practicing, after all it has been more than 20 years since I have used a wood lathe. But even though there was a lot involved in it's restoration it wasn't that difficult. And remembering how to use one was easy even at my age I guess once you learn you never really forget. And for the size for the lathe it will hold a 4' x 12" piece of stock. To buy one that size today would cost several thousand dollars, but this one only cost me my time and maybe $100.00 to $150.00 to complete. I am very proud of that, gives me more money for other projects. I know a lot of men consider their game room their man cave but not me my garage is my fortress of solitude, I am the man here I can build restore or fabricate anything I want.