This is a Craftsman Lathe, 9″ Swing/ 30″ between centers.
Owwm.com offers a download of the manual for this lathe here.
Here it is finally restored. You can read through the process below.
While visiting my parents in the Sierras, my dad and i went on a old tool hunt at the salvage yard. After a hour or so of looking at all the random junk, we were on our way out an spotted this gem on a wood pallet.
The lathe came with a threaded morse taper adapter and a craftsman keyless chuck threaded on. It is also missing the headstock end cover.
I tore down the lathe tonight.
For the first problem, I soaked the assembly in penetrating oil for a while then used a rod pushed through the spindle to try to hammer the center out. That didnt work so finally I bolted the spindle down and (to the horror of other owwm’ers) used vise crips on the adapter to rotate it back and worth. Finally it came out.
For the second problem I used some of the existing parts to pull the ram out of the spindle. I’m not sure if it is supposed to fit that tightly, I’m sure I’m going to have to get creative again when it comes time to put it back in.
I also began to use electralysis on the tool rest to remove the rust and paint.
Paint/Rust Removal & Paint Prep 11-18-06
To remove the paint and rust on the larger parts I let them soak in my Electrolysis tank for several days each. After this I used a wire wheel chucked ino my drill press to clean off any grime or rust left and end up with a shiny, clean surface.
I got these 2 wheels at my local Home Depot. One is a cup for getting into crowded areas and the other a standard wheel.
The great thing about using your drill press and a wire wheel together is that the up-and-down action of the spindle can help speed things up alot. Here are some shots of the cleaned parts. The bed is the only thing i couldnt get the paint off of, since it wouldnt fit in my electrolysis tank and I don’t have a sand blaster. I went over the bed with some medium grit sandpaper to give the new paint a good surface to bond to.
To remove the Craftsman badge and the Model Number badge I took the advice of some owwm’ers and grinded down the time of a 3 1/2″ nail and used it as a punch to drive out the pins from behind. It took some patience to find the right angle and room to swing the hammer but eventually the all came out. Tip if you are doing this yourself. Either have a clean floor underneath the pins or put a towel or blanket to catch the pins and badges when they finally do come flying out. You don’t to be on your hands and knees looking for that tiny pin. (sound like i know what i’m talking about?)
Hopefully I will find time to prep further then paint then week! After it dries I’ll reassemble then build the stand I’ve been sketching out.
Finally Assembled 1-5-07
I no longer own this machine.