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Shane Whitlock

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  1. Dang, that's a good looking saw Gerald if I remember correctly, the saw weighed just over 1200 lbs.
  2. Along the edge? Nope, someone cut that out for some reason. There's plenty of webbing under there so I left it as it was, just cleaned up the rough cut a little.
  3. "Back From The Archives" I finally finished the restoration of this Walker Turner drill press. I restored this DP for a gentleman as payment for some machines that I got from him. You can read more about that here. In my opinion the 20 inch Walker Turner is one of the best drill presses ever made and I wish it was mine. This one came with the production table, 1 hp 3 phase motor, and power-feed. It was in pretty rough shape when I brought it into the shop ... Ugly blue paint job and lots and lots of rust. It's a floor model but as you can see in this pic I lowered the head so it wasn't so top heavy when transporting it. Disassembling the DP was a challenge. Everything was heavily rusted. To give you an idea of how bad it was, this is the inside of the gear box for raising and lowering the table. Rusted solid! I pulled off the motor, powerfeeder and spindle and then I used my old Hercules chain hoist to get the head off the column I then tried to get the table off, it was rusted solid to the column. It took a couple of weeks of soaking it with Acetone and ATF and lots of heat to finally get it to bust loose. The base was even worse. No amount of heat, penetrating oil or banging with a BFH was getting the job done. I finally had to make a puller, or I guess you would call it a pusher, out of an old barbell weight and three ½" bolts to push it off. Even then it took about 2 weeks to get it to budge a 1/16 of an inch, but once I got it moving it came off fairly easily. To get the rust and paint off I made an electrolysis tank and used a 30 inch saw blade for the anode. I put the base in for a couple of days and let it cook ... it got rid of most of the paint and rust. Next I used fine grit sand paper and scotch brite pads to shine it up. Then I finished removing the rest of the rust and old paint and prepped it for fresh paint. Three coats of paint and it was looking good as new. I used the same steps to clean up the head and table. The powerfeeder wasn't working when I first tried it. I took it apart and found a couple of the clutch discs were in wrong. It was then working but when I cleaned it up I found a couple busted gears. I informed the owner about it and he decided he didn't want it repaired so the powerfeeder didn't get put back on. The owner doesn't have 3 phase power in his shop so I added a Teco FM50 VFD. Now the motor will run on single phase 120 v power and the VFD also gives it variable speed which I really like. So here's some pics of the DP all restored. The DP looks and works great .... now I don't want to give it back to it's owner. Thanks for looking, Shane
  4. Hi Guys. Thanks for the comments. Sorry for being so slow getting back to ya. I have been using this little lathe quite a bit since I got it and so far I am pretty impressed with it. I needed to make a spindle sleeve for a DP that I am restoring so I needed to pick up a steady rest for the lathe. I found a NOS steady rest and follow rest on Ebay for a great price. They were Craftsman blue so I painted them gray. I also found a nice drum switch and mounted that on the left side of the stand. Picture shows rare earth magnets used to hold the wrenches in place. I made a micrometer carriage stop out of an old micrometer and some aluminum that I had. The Atlas badge on the head stock. A few more misc. pics: Gears for threading and carriage feed. I need to pick up a few more gears for threading but the darn things are pricey. Threading chart. 4 inch 3 jaw Union Mfg. Co. chuck. No. 0 Jacobs chuck with MT1 shaft A2Z quick change tool post Atlas motor badge. The compound rest guard was busted on the lathe so rather than replacing it I cut it shorter and used it to hold down a piece of neoprene. The neoprene still keeps swarf from getting into the threads and when I want to use the tool post grinder or follow rest, which both mount on the compound, I can just flip the neoprene up out of the way instead of removing the guard, which is what you normally would have to do. One last shot. So far I haven't done anything to the lathe, other than clean and lubricate it. I am still trying to decide if I should do a full restoration on it. It's in pretty nice shape so I will probably just leave it as-is ... At least until I get bored on weekend and tear it apart. Thanks for looking, Shane
  5. "Back From The Archives" I recently ran into some financial trouble and had to sell a couple of my machines to make a few house payments. One of them to go was my beautiful Heavy 10 South Bend lathe. It took me about a week to start having lathe withdrawals so I posted a WTB ad on the local classifieds and got several calls. I ended up getting a little Atlas 618 6" by 18" metal lathe for a hundred bucks. The lathe is in great original condition and came with a 3 jaw chuck, lantern style tool post holder, and a very nice tool post grinder that is probably worth several times what I paid for the lathe. (crappy cell phone pic) It didn't come with a stand so I took one of my Delta stands out of the rathole and used that. I added some drawers and mounted the lathe to it this weekend. The center section with the drawers slides out of the stand so I can still access the nuts and bolts used to mount the lathe and motor. The light is a 2 dollar light I got from the local thrift shop. It will work for now until I can find a nice vintage one. The drawer pulls I made out of 1/2" bolts. I cut them down so they were about a 1/2 long, faced the back side with the lathe and drilled and tapped them for a No. 10 screw. The wood is all reclaimed wood from some shelves that I took down in my shop a few years ago. I still need to add a switch and I have a quick change tool post ordered for it. Looking for a steady rest and follow rest for it if anyone has one they want to get rid of. They come up on Ebay but they are pricey.The Atlas is pretty much the same machine as the Craftsman 101 and takes the same accessories. I was worried about the lathe feeling like a little toy compared to my South Bend but overall I am very happy with the lathe. It should work fine for what I need it for. Thanks for looking, Shane
  6. "Back From The Archives " A few months ago I picked up some nice old metal working machines from a guy up the canyon (same guy I bought my Enterprise band saw from). As payment for the machines I agreed to restore his beautiful old Walker Turner drill press with power feed and a Powermatic 81 band saw for him. Here is a pic of the machines that I got from him. On the trailer is a LeBlond Tool and Cutter Grinder, An Alfred Eriksen 10 inch metal shaper, a 15 inch State disc sander, and his two machines. Not on the trailer is a huge Gorton Mill that weighs in at 3900 lbs and was to big for the trailer. I will pick that up when I deliver his machines to him. The band saw was converted to cut metal and was in pretty rough shape. I didn't take any real good before pics but you can see it in the pic above and this pic of the trunnions it was pretty typical of the condition of the rest of the saw ... rust everywhere. Here's what it looks like now. Hopefully this is the last stamped steel machine I have to work on .... give me good old cast iron anytime. The Walker Turner DP will be next. I will post pics when I get it done Thanks for looking, Shane
  7. Nice set up John! and it looks like you're making good progress on tracking down parts. I have a couple tilty tops combos that I plan on restoring for my son .... if I can ever find the time. Looking forward to seeing some progress pics.
  8. I used to do a lot of woodworking but for the last 10 years or so I have done very little and spent most of my time restoring machines for my shop. I have just about every type of machine that I want or need, except for a big old wood lathe. A couple years ago I had 3 nice ones in the shop but ended up selling them for another machine, but the deal fell through and now I am on the look out for another lathe. I hope I can find one soon cause I really enjoy wood turning. (Pics of some of my wood turnings can be found HERE.) So I think it's time to slow down on the restorations and start using them. Shane
  9. Thanks guys! Pretty?... Don't think I have ever heard one of my machines described as pretty, especially a big monster like this one, but thanks for the comment … I appreciate it and I'm glad you like it. Shane
  10. I shot a video last weekend of the saw running and posted it on Youtube. Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks, Shane
  11. Thanks for the comments everyone I really appreciate it! Larry, I have asked myself that very question several times. I keep getting lucky and finding some great machines but this one will be tough to top. I hope to get the heads shipped off to Bobby this weekend. I'm looking forward to getting them back so I can make some chips with this machine.
  12. Thanks guys, Will, the paint is Sherwin Williams Pro Industrial Urethane Alkyd Enamel. It's what I have used on my last couple of restorations. Sprays good and brushes on even better. For the pinstriping I am using 1shot paint
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