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Metal lathe, possibly hand-built

Ok, first some pics of the machine with some of the indexing attachment.
 

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Here are some pages from his notebook showing the indexing attachment project.
 

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...and lastly, this pic shows the end of the wood table top. If you look closely, you can see the tree rings. It looks like old-growth wood to me, very tight rings.
 

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Think I'll start a go fund me page so I can buy this lathe & put it in my shop . I bet theres lots of things to be discovered on this unit .
thanks for all the pic's
animal
 
From the look I would say a talented machinist or tool maker made the lathe and it is likely accurate. Of course there is no way to tell from pictures. I would suggest getting someone who knows lathes to look it over and give you an opinion at to the accuracy and usefulness of the lathe.
 
The Bed on that lathe reminded me a bit of the bed on a Barnes lathe that I have stored in pieces in my shed waiting to get restored.
I think mine is a 4-1/2.
http://www.lathes.co.uk/barnes/
I'm wondering if perhaps that was the beginning of the O.P.'s machine ?
Perhaps a different Barnes model ?
I have attached some pictures of mine such as they are with poor lighting.
I didn't measure the dovetail angles on mine.
Maybe some of the other Barnes owners on this forum can add something .
Maybe there are other small lathes that used the same style of bed but I am not familiar with them.
Jim
 

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I was reminded of this thread when I saw this shop made lathe article while flipping through some random Model Engineer Magazines.
I couldn't remember how similar they were and see that they are quite different in the end .
In any case here is the link
I had been looking to see if there were any Model Engineer posted on the Internet Archive but hadn't looked in a while but there are several there now.
They turned up in another search I tried for something else and it gave this link they call their Magazine Rack
listing all sorts of Magazines .
Jim
 

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