My Current Crop of Lathes
(Metal turning, wood turning, plastic turning, and
Copyright 2002 by James P. Riser
Over the years I have owned and sold a variety of lathes.
The lathes shown on this page are the current selection found
in my home shop and help me earn my living. These lathe pictures
have been posted for the enjoymant of other machinery fanatics.
I work in metals, plastics, and wood - so I have a variety of
There is no such thing as having too many lathes!
My smallest lathe
is this watchmaker's lathe for metals and plastics
This is my 9" Southbend Model A metal lathe in
The latest in my colection is this 11" x 18"
Sheldon Lathe. It is still in the "rough" stage
in this image.
here to see the restoration progress of my "new" Sheldon
My favorite mini wood lathe is this 9" Record
Here it is set up for wood turning
and metal spinning.
This lathe is excellent for spinning
thimbles and candle cups etc.
I made the bed
extension to give me extra space when drilling.
I use this 12" Delta variable speed lathe for
metal spinning and wood turning.
Here it is set
up for wood turning...........
..............and for metal spinning.
The very heavy
duty spinning live center shown here is a May Tools center.
This heavy duty spinning live center is an old Grabo
The 12" variable speed J-Line lathe is very heavy
duty and used for wood turning and metal spinning.
This is my favorite wood lathe - about 650 pounds of
My wood turning center - complete with mess!
Here are examples of some of my wood turnings.
Several wood turning types might want to see what my
grinder looks like. The wheel on the left is 1" thick and
the smoothing wheel on the right is 1 1/2" thick.
It is a three phase 1.5 horsepower 1725 rpm 10"
grinder (heavy duty).
Lately I have been doing much metal spinning. Shown
below are my lathes devoted only to metal spinning.
These are Spinmaster or Karle Spin Shop Lathes and
are extremely heavy duty. Note the sliding tailstocks.
These are 12" swing lathes.
I made this 24" swing spinning lathe from a Chinese
It would also make a nice bowl turning lathe for wood
And here is my 2600 pound 26" swing Haag metal
It is a real pleasure to use this massive lathe.
This is an example of my metal spinning.
To keep up with the times, I have recently added CNC
capabilities to my shop with this small lathe.
My latest lathe is this EMCO Compact 5 PC lathe.
here to see my latest "Project Lathe".
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