British empire lathe

  1. spencer 427 Member

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    Morning guys .
    As some of you guys are aware of my purchase of a British empire lathe. I thought I would start the task of stripping it and clean up. A boring job but has to be done. I really like this lathe as it has character and will be plenty big enough for anything I would need to turn. I am toying with the idea of selling one of the Colchester student lathes . 20180805_104302.jpg
     
  2. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    @spencer 427 How long do you reckon the 'bringing back to life' is going to take? Allowing for the fact that you have a life beyond lathe-ery. :laughing:

    Looking forward to the updates on progress. :thumbup:
     
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  3. spencer 427 Member

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    I am hoping it shouldn't take to long but you no how things can develop. The most awkward part is the stands it sits on as they are stupid heavy.
     
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  4. spencer 427 Member

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    First plan of attack is two get the stands back to bare metal. The usual amounts of filler . Need to get these two done and put in primer soon as possible . There what looks like a home made bracket for belt tension . 20180806_131022.jpg 20180806_131036.jpg 20180806_131039.jpg 20180806_131046.jpg
     
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  5. barking mat

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    Rocking! That's a lathe.
    Sandpaper, scouring pads.... I'd be tempted to degrease the whole thing and pressure wash it and let it dry in the sun for starters.
    Good luck!
     
  6. Pete.

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    What does the plate on the gear cover say on it, and what is inside that cover?
     
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  7. spencer 427 Member

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  8. spencer 427 Member

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    I have been busy today. Made a start on getting one of the stands back to bare metal. Some crazy patterns in the casting 20180806_165811.jpg
     
  9. spencer 427 Member

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    It be stripped right down and cleaned and rebuild
     
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  10. spencer 427 Member

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    Managed to find the serial number of the lathe. 20180806_201957.jpg
     
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  11. Gritineye Member

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    Looks like a useful old lump, I'll be watching this.
     
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  12. spencer 427 Member

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    The only thing I need to decide is colour. Faffin hate trying to decide with colours. Does my head in.
     
  13. MattF

    MattF Member

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    I'm beginning to wonder, on that point. :D
     
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  14. spencer 427 Member

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    Deciding what colour will take longer than the strip down and rebuild
     
  15. MattF

    MattF Member

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    I'd go with something dark on that one, personally.
     
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  16. Pete.

    Pete. Member

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    Ferguson Dark Grey

    Next question?
     
  17. spencer 427 Member

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    Primer or Direct to metal .
     
  18. spencer 427 Member

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    Sorted. Screenshot_20180807-094602_eBay.jpg
     
  19. spencer 427 Member

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    That's the first stand done and ready for paint. 20180807_130640.jpg
     
  20. MattF

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    What method have you used for stripping/cleaning.
     
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