Restore a wood lathe.
Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
Step 1: Wood Lathe
I found a sturdy old wood lathe at an estate sale for pennies and decided to give it a spit shine.
Step 2: Disassemble
Inspect the lathe and disassemble it. Take good photos of all the moving parts, they come in handy on reassembly.
Step 3: Bolts
Cover the bolts and other small hardware in white vinegar to remove rust and grime.
Step 4: Wash
Wash the large parts and dry.
Step 5: Paint Removal
Use your favorite paint removal method. I chose aircraft remover this time around.
Step 6: Wipe
Wire brush and wipe the parts down with a solvent. Allow to dry.
Step 7: Grind
Cup brush any parts that need a little extra help with an angle grinder.
Step 8: Tape
Tape off parts that will remain unpainted.
Step 9: Prime
Prime the parts.
Step 10: Electric Motor
Disassemble the electric motor.
Step 11: Clean and Prime Motor
Clean out the motor and remove the paint. Prime the motor housing to ready for painting.
Step 12: Paint
Select your paint colors and give all the parts a few good coats.
Step 13: Hardware
After 4 or 5 days the vinegar should have done its job. Wire brush, dry and lubricate all the hardware.
Step 14: Buff
Buff all the shiny bits.
Step 15: Reassemble
Reassemble the beast.
Step 16: Alignment
I replaced the drive center and live center. Took MT1 morse tapers. Check the alignment after installation.
Step 17: Banjo Lock
This lathe didn't have a banjo lock, so I built one. You can see the instructable through the following link.
Step 18: Build a Stand
Grab some lumber and build a stand to accommodate the lathe and motor.
Step 19: Stain
Stain or paint the stand.
Step 20: Mount the Motor
Secure the motor with heavy bolts.
Step 21: Mount the Lathe
Mount the lathe and hook up the belt. Information on lathe speed can be found in the following instructable.
Step 22: Complete
Plug in the beast and make sure everything is groovy.