View Full Version : 98 year old goes back to work after years of doing nothing

07-04-2007, 10:19 PM
I put my 1909 14" LeBlond back to work turning pullies that I am going to use for its jack shaft. This is a 2 1/2" x12" drive pullie. I made it from two layers of white and red oak glued together at right angles. The other pullies are being made from cherry. I jury rigged a 3/4 hp motor to drive it with an old 1" flat belt from my South Bend. The 3/4 hp is enough if I give the face plate a push before I turn on the motor. The small bearing on the headstock is leaking a lot of oil but other than that all is good. In the photo, I am using the power cross slide to face off the pullie. Unlike my South bend you can shift the power cross slide from moving in to moving out on the fly. If anyone has some 14 dp change gears they would like to sell let me know and I will figure out which ones I need. Gary P. Hansen

07-04-2007, 11:12 PM
Don`t have any gears .But what do you need I can make them. Made a whole set for a 16 inch South Bend a few years ago. and Made a set of change gears for my Dividing head all 14 dp. 14 pa How many what number teeth.

07-05-2007, 09:35 AM
Thanks Lane! Most likely can not afford to have new one made but here are the sizes I need. 60,32,28,24, and 20 tooth 14 dp, 1/2" bore and .900" wide. The width doesn't have to be .900" exactly 1/2" to 1" would most likely work for the width. Gary P. Hansen

Alistair Hosie
07-05-2007, 12:53 PM
well done Gary I love to see old machinery brought back to life looking good Alistair

07-05-2007, 01:13 PM
Alistair: Not so old. If you add both of our ages together we have the lathe beat! Gary P. Hansen

Fred White
07-05-2007, 11:28 PM
Do you have time to watch for them on eBay?

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07-07-2007, 11:28 PM
Should have your gears finished tomorrow . two more to cut. Saw the info about your Lathe on the PM site shure looks better now.

07-08-2007, 03:27 PM
I am finished with the wood pullies. I finished them with pollyuritane on the lathe. The step pullies are made out of cherry with a couple pieces of birch plywood thrown into the mix. Before someone points out the second from the right is wider than the rest it was not a mistake. At least if it is a mistake I just repeated a mistake LeBlond made almost a hundred years ago. The original stepped pullie was the same size as mine. I am not sure why the made it like that. Does anyone have any idea?

Soon I will start with the jack part of the jack shaft. Gary P. Hansen

07-11-2007, 01:39 PM

The small left bearing is leaking oil so I made an adaptor so I could add the drip oiler shown in the photo. I guess I should have taken the head stock apart to see if I could stop the leak but adding the oiler was easier. Besides, some of the leaking oil ends up on the gear train. Maybe LeBlond ment it to be a self oilling gear train. At least the gears that Lane has made me will be well lubed. Thanks again Lane. I will post some photos of the gears on the lathe when they arive.

The oiler on the large bearning came with the lathe but it did not fit so I made an adaptor for it also. Gary P. Hansen

07-14-2007, 10:52 AM

Not only did Lane make the gears for me and shipped them free of charge, when I opened the UPS box I found that he even grift wraped them! The gears he made me are nicer than the ones that came on the lathe. Lane even stamped each gear with the number of teeth. That is a great idea, and I plan to stamp the existing gears with the number of teeth. Thanks again Lane. You are truly a fine person and machinest. Gary P. Hansen

07-14-2007, 05:32 PM
I hope they fit .Let see you try them out.

07-14-2007, 07:03 PM
I post a photo, if it ever stops raining here. The lathe is still out side under a tarp. I am still working on making up a drive for it but I will use the temporary jury rigged drive to test out the gears when it stops raining. Gary P. Hansen

07-14-2007, 09:32 PM
Dont feel bad it rained all day here to. Just piddled in shop could not get going on any thing. Just a wasted day.

Tyro 001
07-15-2007, 09:19 PM
Well, I'm jealous. three days to cut a bunch of gears. I've spent the last two days getting ready to drill two holes in the t-nut of my Dorian tool post. Oh well, another 20 or 30 years and maybe I'll be able to do something in a reasonable length of time. Actually, I'd settle for being able to get something done in a measurable length of time. And to think I bought my lathe to save the time it took me to get proffessional machinists to make things for me. At least I'm having fun.

07-16-2007, 10:55 PM
I tested the 24 tooth gear lane made for me today. Realy the only thing I was testing was if all the outer grears on the lathe were the right ones and in proper order because I knew Lane's gear was perfect! Acording to the gear chart on the lathe if I put the 24 tooth gear on the lead screw the lathe should cut 6 tpi. I I was going to cut some threads but the jury rigged belt slips when the lathe is in backgear so I did not use backgear. I just used the slowest non-backgear speed (the only one I can use with my jury rigged motor.) As you can see from the photo the 6 tpi leaf on my thread guage matches the grove I cut exactly, so everything works.

If I figured everything out correctly with the gears Lane made me and the ones that came on the lathe I should be able to cut 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, and 30 tpi. The coarse threads are the ones I wanted because I can cut the fine ones on my South Bend 9N. The 9N would cut the coarse threads but it is hard on the 9N's little gears. I do not need to worry about striping the teeth from the LeBlond's massive gears . Gary P. Hansen

07-22-2007, 10:29 PM

I am almost finished putting the 1909 LeBlond back in running order. Still need to fix the tooth on the back gear and finish the oilers for the pillow blocks. I also need to wire the reversing switch to the motor. However, I am finished with the back shaft and mounting the motor. Gary P. Hansen


07-22-2007, 10:33 PM

I made the pully on the motor on my South Bend 9N but I cut the 2.5"long keyway on the LeBlond. Gary P. Hansen

07-22-2007, 10:40 PM

The curved piece of steel between the lathe and backshaft came with the lathe. The former owner said he really did not think that it went to the lathe but it had come with the lathe when he got it. The piece of steell cams to lock the backshaft back and keep the step pullie's belt tight. Gary P. Hansen

07-23-2007, 12:27 PM
that is one beastly wood lathe! way to go keeping in going Gary. Lane, very generous of you to have helped out!