Saturday, May 21, 2011

Making progress on fixing the south bend lathe again

Making progress on fixing the south bend lathe again

Using some nice one part industrial enamel. It stinks but it goes on well with a brush and dries to a hard glossy finish. I am putting on two coats over a phosphate based primer, and although I see all the inconsistencies in the casting I have so far resisted the urge to break out the bondo. So far.

I am averaging about two parts a day, but the weather has just gone back to cold rainy, so I am going to fall behind.
The bed sitting to the right is going to be tough to clean well enough to paint, if only because it is so heavy that it is hard to manipulate.

The color is WAY off. It is really a nice dark blueish gray (instead of robins egg blue).

I have started YET ANOTHER BLOG just for this project


J. Johnson said...

Josh, I just got the exact same lathe but it is missing a handwheel, do have any resources for parts? I have some extras if you need anything. J. @protobotind

Josh Kopel said...

I do have an extra handwheel.
Hit me up on twitter.

I have "accumulated" a bunch of extra parts as well, so the only things I am missing are big ticket items like a steady and follow rest.

I am jealous of your Bridgeport!
Philly definitely had better resources for old tools.