Something I've wanted to do for a looooooong time finally happened - picked up a metal lathe! With the included tooling and the condition it was in, it was a pretty good deal, and the owner threw in a whole pile of extras when he saw I was genuinely interested/learning.
This thing is ancient - 1921, the owner said - but he showed me it running, showed me projects he'd made on it. It'll work just fine for learning - and it already works/has been restored, so don't need to invest time/$ in a restoration/repair.
I am hoping to learn basic lathe operation, metrology, cutter grinding, basic tool-making, and make some neat projects/enhance existing projects.
It came with:
- Lathe itself is a South Bend 25-Y (9" x 36") - fully restored, painted, ways in good shape, fully oiled
- 120v motor w. v-belts - I'll be getting some link-belts to replace them
- Metal table
- All change gears (Imperial only, but that's not surprising for a lathe this old)
- 3-jaw and 4-jaw chucks (plus one additional 3-jaw that is missing some parts)
- Dog plate w. dog
- Modern-style toolpost (also came with the original 'Lantern' style)
- Follow rest
- Steady rest
- Drill chuck
- Front and rear dead centers
- (I think?) Rear live center
- DIY "milling" attachment - probably only good for basic slotting
- Oiling can
- Coolant fluid w. spray bottle
- Toolbox full of ground cutters, even some carbide (I think?) - haven't gone through this yet
- T-handles and such
- Bunch of spare pieces of brass/aluminum stock
My first project will be a metal scribe (a la Clickspring - search that on Youtube, amazing stuff).