F.E Reed & Company
x 4' Metal Lathe
I received this lathe in November of 2008 for the promise that it find
a good home and be restored. You may know this by now, but
was right up my alley! From what I was told, this lathe came
of one of the mills in Orange, Mass originally. From what I
been able to narrow down is that the lathe was built about 1890 in
Worcester, Massachusetts. I received the lathe with three
chucks, two are in great shape. Two face plates, the steady rest, all
of the threading gears and a bunch of tooling.
I will add some more photos as the time goes on, but for now the lathe
is running and in use. My plans are to get my own single tool
line-shaft built to hang from the shop ceiling and run the lathe via
this line-shaft. My plans are to either run the motor in the
attic, or on the shop ceiling. I feel a bit safer with it in
shop, but it will look so much better with the motor belt going into
the attic and all hidden. Once this is done, all of the added
brackets can be removed and the holes filled in the lathe head-stock.
Here is "Martha" as she seems fit to be called, sitting next to the
tiny looking Craftsman lathe. I have removed the wood bar
connected to the reversing switch as I plan to move that anyway.
Once the lathe is set up on the line shaft, I can start to
restore the lathe itself. My goal is for a semi-gloss black
achieve as original of a look as I can for the lathe.
Here are a couple of close up photos of the carriage, while it does not
have a compound rest, it does have this cool hight adjuster that will
raise the tool bit by elevating the carriage in the rear. Oh,
the shape of the apron is where Martha got her name from!
Below are some photos of the original 1800's cast iron bearings (Yes,
A little shimming and they are good to go!
Here are the threading gears all restored, polished, and painted.
The custom stand will fit onto the back-board I plan to build to hold
all the tooling behind the lathe.
More to come!