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stevemorris
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My Good Old Beaver Lathe
Jan 12th, 2011 at 6:57am
 
not a shop pic, just my turning setup

the lathe is a 50 year old 3400 gapbed, mine is a canadian made beaver but rockwell made them too

shop built stand, 2 speed jackshaft to the beaver 4 speed and a modern 3/4 hp tefc

i also buy, restore and sell old beaver tools and have a much older 3400 under going a rebuild
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Re: My Good Old Beaver Lathe
Reply #1 - Jan 12th, 2011 at 10:58am
 
Steve - that's a beauty of a vintage lathe.  What is the setup for the outboard turning?  do you have a second set of ways out there for the banjo?  Can't really tell from the pic.

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Reply #2 - Jan 12th, 2011 at 11:07am
 
when i bought the machine, i actually bought two from 2 different sellers and rebuilt them into one machine

for outboard turning, i cut the second bed casting in half for banjo support on the end

it works very well, biggest thing i turned was 16 inches diameter tabletop for a shaker tripod table

my now third beaver lathe is a 1949 (same lathe) except for a couple of very minor differences but all parts are interchangable
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Reply #3 - Jan 12th, 2011 at 3:20pm
 
Steve,
That's a nice piece of old iron.  smiley=beer.gif
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Reply #4 - Jan 12th, 2011 at 6:36pm
 
its a tough old machine, around late 50's, i think

new bearings when i got it, thats it, other than cleanup

got a 10 dia 4 in thick chunk of walnut on now!!, spinning at about 600!!
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Reply #5 - Jan 13th, 2011 at 12:32pm
 
I have had this little charmer for a few years but havn´t had nerve enough to try anything on it.  I was thinking of a hot tub.
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Reply #6 - Jan 13th, 2011 at 6:01pm
 
how fast does the guy on the left have to crank to bring  it up to speed?
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Reply #7 - Jan 13th, 2011 at 7:49pm
 
here's the other one undergoing a rebuild, its around 1949

nice help i have in the shop!!
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Re: My Good Old Beaver Lathe
Reply #8 - Jan 14th, 2011 at 1:03am
 
Jim King wrote on Jan 13th, 2011 at 12:32pm:
I have had this little charmer for a few years but havn´t had nerve enough to try anything on it.  I was thinking of a hot tub. 


Bottle stoppers, Jim. Bottle stoppers.  Grin
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Reply #9 - Jan 14th, 2011 at 1:44am
 
Jim, how about a Japanese soaking tub?
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Reply #10 - Jan 14th, 2011 at 6:58am
 
How about the whole trunk of one of the red woods.  Grin
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Re: My Good Old Beaver Lathe
Reply #11 - Jan 14th, 2011 at 9:23am
 
I am like Steve the old iron is an addiction.  I had a couple of large blanks about 5 foot in dia ready to go but just never got to it. 

The lathe is an Oliver 21.
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Reply #12 - Jan 14th, 2011 at 4:28pm
 
I LOVE old tools, when throwing a lot of iron solved a lot of problems and quality was no.1. If you can find parts to make any of them work there a real treasure.
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Re: My Good Old Beaver Lathe
Reply #13 - Jan 14th, 2011 at 6:30pm
 
Scott glass wrote on Jan 14th, 2011 at 4:28pm:
I LOVE old tools, when throwing a lot of iron solved a lot of problems and quality was no.1. If you can find parts to make any of them work there a real treasure.


well parts can be a problem, but if its a common machine like the 3400, buy two!!

my first two cost 100 bucks for the two, and one came with a freebie tablesaw, the other had a motor and a 3 foot double banjo toolrest and between the two i got a few faceplates, drive spurs, live centers and a set of crappy tools

the third one came with more tools(crappy but usable) more faceplates, live center, outboard faceplate, motor etc etc for free

a pair of bearings(very common size) costs 24 bucks for good ones, a few new bolts or screws, a couple of odds and ends, and you are turning


its solid cast iron and hardened steel, no plastic, no "pot metal", the spindles and other hardware are as good as brand new
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Re: My Good Old Beaver Lathe
Reply #14 - Jan 16th, 2011 at 12:39pm
 
That re-build almost  looks like my  1940's Dunlap that I just retired in favor of  a smaller Jet.  I just ran out of room for the full sized model.
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