Been shopping around for a knee mill the last week or so, sort of a Christmas present to myself, more on that shortly. (Yes Randy, with pictures of course)
I know, get to the lathe intervention already.....
From a CL ad I went to see a round ram post-war series Bridgeport with a 36" table that was advertised as "great condition" that turned out to be in an unheated dirt floor shed, ram seized in place, ways grooved and sloppy, table face rusted. So needless to say, I passed on the BP
As I was leaving we stopped in the guys garage so he could shut off the lights in the shed and on the bench was a small Craftsman Atlas 6 inch lathe and a box of tooling parts for it. I asked the guy about it and he said he just got it from a widow down the road and was going to put it in the shed with the BP as he had no use for it. Of course I made him an offer and we haggled a bit but it ended up in my trunk.
Here is is, I grabbed an old steel cart I had in the barn to plunk it on. It's in need of a good cleaning and painting, the cross feed handle is broken off but the screw isn't bent and turns free so I just need to hunt up a handle end. The ways are very good, don't bind at the ends of travel, the head stock turns free and easy, it's a bushing model, not a Timkin roller head so it's early-mid 60's dated. The motor is original and working, I expect it will need to get some love at the motor shop before too long. I haven't decided if I'm going to keep it or not as it's way too small for gunsmithing and not really accurate enough for barrel work but it would make a great starter/apprentice lathe or somebody making pen sets/chess pieces/darts.
I really don't have the space or time for yet another project. Time will tell but if your interested, let me know and if you make the case that you should be able to adopt the 'lil rescued lathe I'll cut you a special GTT deal but you have promise everyone here to always treat it right and not neglect it and stick it out back in the shed to rust away and if you sell it you sell it to another person that will do the same. And of course, post pictures...