Entirely home made from salvaged parts, the lathe appears to be 75 - 100 years old. Once set up, the lathe works fairly well, but the light cast iron flywheel is not as effective for heavy work as the two lathes in previous issues. The pine treadle and oak pitman are recent replacements. The bed of twin wood 2x6's is fitted with iron wear plates (angle iron) the full length. A not very pretty, but quite interesting example of the home mechanic's ingenuity and resourcefulness.
the flywheel ----
the lathe, a closer view
the headstock ----
the spur drive ----
the thrust bearing at end of spindle
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