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    Fixer upper

  • #2
    Are you a deep sea diver?


    • #3

      Big Problem -- the dial is shiny............................

      Obvious that someone has cleaned this in preparation for eBay pictures & sale..............................

      Proceed with caution!

      Barry Milton
      Barry Milton


      • #4
        Another beauty ?

        No it's not it's pig ugly.

        Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.


        • #5
          Here it is sort of cleaned up:

          This is the dial I re-graduated and an old handle I fit:

          I still need to make a little knurled knob to take it out of gear. That's the little threaded shaft to the right of the dial.

          I know a few guys frown on my rusty junk but I'm poor and like to save salvagable stuff from the scrap man... I'm tickled pink to have a 12" American rotary table!

          The innards were in great shape and it's built like a friggin' tank. Turns like silk...

          [This message has been edited by hoffman (edited 04-05-2005).]


          • #6
            Looks like a Gorton.

            Many of the older tools were made of cast iron and quality steel and clean up nicely with a little work. Don't be put off by the appearance, it may be a diamond in the rough.

            Congratulations on your ambition and success in bringing these things back to a useful condition.
            Jim H.


            • #7
              The question that begs asking; how did you get it cleaned up? Bead blast?


              • #8
                Good on you Hoffman.

                It cleaned up quite well didn't it. A bit of green paint and it will look a million dollars.

                I watched your other threads about the dial. You get a vision and go for it, great stuff.

                Did you change the numbers? That will be confusing. I can see a few screw ups in the making with them running the wrong way.



                • #9
                  Wow JC you are good! It'll match my Gorton mill...

                  No bead blasting, just steel wool, kerosene and elbow grease. I still have some more scrubbing to do

                  I fixed the dial #'s so they go the right direction. Funny thing about the dial graduating, I thought "Man, I'd never pull that off and make it look right" but just went for it. Screwed up the #ing the first time but turned it down and did it again.

                  I'm not very clever or even that skilled but we never know what will work out until we try. Even the screw ups teach us something...


                  • #10
                    Yes Hoffman.

                    Often you learn more from your mistakes, especially when you have to fix them yourself.

                    I'm pleased you put it right, you can be proud.



                    • #11
                      Nothing at all wrong with it,I have several "underwater salvage jobs" working around here.
                      I just need one more tool,just one!


                      • #12
                        I wish I could find stuff like that. I want a rotary table so bad, I can't stand it. I just can't justify the big bucks to get one right now. I dream about finding a good fixer upper like that. Almost every night!

                        That's my story and I'm sticking to it...
                        That\'s my story and I\'m sticking to it...


                        • #13
                          Nice work Hoffman, it is going to look great. Here was an old rusty German lathe that my friend brought back.


                          • #14
                            This is what the rotary table is for:
                            The mill is coming along pretty good I just don't have any recent pics.
                            Your friends lathe is awesome Michael! I'm more into making stuff serviceable than restoration.

                            I won't scare you guys with pics of my South Bend