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Manufactured/Badged by:
Sears | Craftsman

True Manufacturer:
Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis, MO; Ferguson, MO; Paris, TN
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Lathe, Wood
Machine Size: 12"x37"
Submitted By: Lee Thomas
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 113.23881 wood Lathe
Date of Manufacturer: Mid-1960s
Serial Number:
Last Updated 6/8/2015 12:31:08 PM

EDIT: this lathe has been sold to a new owner over in Massachusetts.

The little information I was able to get from searching the net about this lathe was it's made "as the Fifties ended" and made by Simpsons - Sears LTD. Looking at other lathes; I am putting this at 1957 to 1959. The motor is a heavy cast iron Repulsion Induction motor made by Leland Motor.The motor is a 110/220 1/3hp - 4 pulley motor. The speeds this combination should get are 875-1350-2250-3450. The head stock is 3/4"-16tpi with a No.1 Morse taper. Interestingly enough, it is also listed as the last American made wood lathe to bear the Craftsman name. I plan to go thru this lathe top to bottom and refurbish it as nice as my 109.20630 metal lathe.

Update 4-22-06:
Finished off the lathe itself today, Kinda did the color reversal on this batch of tools. This one was gray and went blue, the blue lathe went gray.. Go figure? I think the blue just looks much better on this style lathe and makes it look less "cheap" whereas the light gray on the cast iron lathe works well with the design. I am missing the lower lever to adjust the tool rest, but I can put a 1/2" wrench on it. I was also missing one knob & threaded shaft and one knob was cracked. McMaster Carr supplied 3 new 1" knobs and I cut down a bolt for a new shaft to get them all the same. It is a shame as the maroon knobs did look nice. I basicly put the motor back in position with a new hinge, but I plan to make a new table of at least modify this one. I just wanted to get it up and running so I can take my time with the stand for my 101 lathe. I plan to move the switch from where it is now, way too close to where my hands are while chainging the belts..

See my web page for this lathe at -> www.yankeetoys.org/lee/lathe-3.htm

(Admin-BAK, 6/8/2015: revised specs.)

Photo 1:

Comments: Before photos..
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Photo 2:

Comments: Just a little detail work here
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Photo 3:

Comments: Here it is back on the original stand. I plan to change it later on.
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