A few weeks ago I found and purchased this old lathe. It was found in a garage out in the woods of Roxbury, CT. It is a 1941 vintage South Bend 9″ Model B bench lathe and it came on a solid butcher block maple bench. It was apart, but mostly in working order.
The bench was sanded and cleaned. The legs were repainted and I added a shelf and two stiffeners to make it more solid. Several coats of oil finish were put on the top to make it more resistant to oils and make keeping it clean easier. After disassembly and cleaning the lathe was reassembled and mounted to the bench. The switch and motor wires were replaced and the switch was rewired because the lathe ran forward in reverse and reverse in forward when it was hooked up. This was corrected and the motor/drive assembly was mounted to the bench in the proper location this time. A new leather spindle drive belt was made for it. Air was brought to the lathe and it is ready for use. You might ask what use this machine is in a woodshop? OLD TOOLS would be the answer.
Above are some studs made on the new lathe. These studs mount the knobs and totes to Stanley planes. There are many more jobs ahead for this machine including some new tooling for turning the bench plane knobs. One of my major goals is to bring back to use and keep in use as many old tools as possible. These old tools were useful in their day and they are still very useful in todays shops. I breakdown all my rough lumber with antique and vintage handsaws that I have restored and sharpened.
There are more shop improvements planed for the near future so stay tuned.
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