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12 X 54
Craftsman 1938 Universal Heavy Duty Lathe
Date of Manufacturer:
1937 to 1939
11/30/2006 11:26:00 PM
My dad recently purchased this lathe at the neighbors estate sale. It was in the neighbors posession since 1954. We never knew he had it until the sale. The machine was partially disassembled when we got it and was missing the bearing tension nut, gear and bearing washer on the left side. Overall the condidition is excellent! I made new parts on my South Bend metal lathe while dad was mounting the lathe on a stand and getting the motor set up. I didn't have the facility to make a new gear so I turned a spacer. I also made a knurled protector to screw on the spindle to protect the thread when using a spur center. We installed the new parts and ran it over Thanksgiving 2006 and he is very happy with the results. This machine can be found in the 1937 through 1939 Craftsman catalogs. Research indicated that this machine is the heaviest wood lathe Craftsman ever marketed. A more complete description of this machine can be found here http://www.lathes.co.uk/craftsmanwood/page4.html under the title "1935 - 1939 12-inch Craftsman wood-turning lathe"
Lathe Headstock spindle removed to make replacement parts
View of bed on lathe notice the great shape!
View of headstock with new parts on spindle
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