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A VERY OLD LATHE.

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Found recently by the Showman and friend Steve Dibnah in a shed and now residing in my garage.  A 4" x 24" Selig Sonnenthal Lathe.  From information found on the WWW, these were made from 1880 to 1910, so this young man is at least 108 years old.  A future project which will need a bit of work.  Just had a quick look so far and found all parts move without effort.  No rust as it was well protected by a covering of sawdust.

 

Complete with cast legs and treadle assembly, a pile of 17 change wheels plus more on the lathe and various other parts.

 

A few photo's after returning home. Don't know what the weight of everything was, but the car didn't bounce much.

 

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And a few of the various parts.

 

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And the lathe on the garage floor, for now.

 

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Very nice project Alan :thumbs:. Seems quite sound as far as condition. I like the bolt on Pulley extension to 3 speed changes.

Never heard of that make. Should be up and running by January then !:poke: :) ........assuming a mild winter. 

 

Hoping also to get a look at one, but fear it is way too big for me/my facilities, despite it also being a Treadle.  

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Up and running by January.  :jaw:    No chance. About 4 foot long.  Brought all the treadle parts home but would motorize it.   Still need to finish the Drummond round bed which is well on the way.  Plus a few alterations to Half a Horse after it's first runs at Beddenden. 

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Thanks for the link Alan. Interesting. Ok January 2020 ! ;). Forgot about your Drummond :hide:. More use for the old set of Pre WW11 Whitworth spanners again then .

Was hoping to get over to Biddenden to see the Li'll 'D', no luck. Maybe next year when the Doc has sorted me out.

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A few more bits, large and small, lurking in and around the various sheds near where the Selig lathe came from.  Added with permission of the owner.

 

A large Drummond lathe about 6 foot long.  No idea of the model,  plus a hefty looking Harrison.  Forgot to check the swing of these two.  Not much room to get good photo's.

 

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A wood turning lathe, band saw, and hidden under the blue tarps a wood planer.  Can't remember what the green machine in front of it is.

 

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A surface grinder and what we think is some sort of guillotine or maybe metal bender. This has a double ended V shaped blade which slides sideways.

 

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Pillar drill and wood mortiser.

 

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Lots of assorted wood planes and a nice boxed Record 405 multi plane.  I think the owner said there were more of these, or similar, stored away.

 

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And finally three large stationary engines. A Bamford and two of which I have forgotten the make.

 

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Some of the larger machinery look as if they were installed first, then the sheds build around them.  Lots more smaller bits and pieces scattered everywhere.  If anyone interested in any of the above, just shout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I see in the 2nd and 3rd photo's a missing wood chisel from the set I got.

 

I know a man who would be interested in the stationary engines. Pity they are so far away. :(

 

PM me the name of the village where they  are and Kim's phone number if that's ok with Kim. You never know. He once went to see a lathe and ended up with 30 stationary engines as well. 

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1 hour ago, nigel said:

Ime looking for a good lathe Alan

Both the Drummond and Harrison are big and heavy Nigel.  The Harrison looks the better option as more modern, but I don't know what price etc.  I think the Showmans friend Steve might have more info.  I don't have his or the owners phone numbers.

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1 hour ago, Stormin said:

It would be hard work getting them out as well.

I think KNOW it would be too. Winches, rollers, lots of muscle power.  A lot easier at John's.

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The blue lathe shown above is a 5" double height bed Drummond, circa 1912.  The saddle and it's cross slide run on the lower bed ways, while the tailstock runs on the upper bed.  More information here.  "double-height bed"

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47 minutes ago, Anglo Traction said:

I just love that Drummond :wub:, I only wish I had the time, space and ability to do it justice. Hope it finds a decent home

I liked it too Richard.  Ditto your comments.  The Selig lathe I rescued is more like 3 foot 6 inches, not 4 foot.  Only guessed, a tape said otherwise.

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