My Latest Project
An 11" x 18" Sheldon
Copyright 2002 by James
I have been wanting to upgrade from my 9" Model
A Southbend Lathe for several years and finally found
a lathe I liked on ebay.
I was looking for a Sheldon because I like the way
my 12" Sheldon Shaper is designed and built. Like
the shaper, this lathe is also very well designed.
This is the "new"
lathe after being pressure washed.
A close up of the info plates.
The 8 speed drive system cleaned up nicely (16 speeds
counting back gear speeds).
The right side
of the base is for storage. I'll need to make shelves.
All teeth are clean and there! The headstock looks
The drive train
is in great shape.
The lead screw is like new. It just needs additional
The only problem
that I have found was with the taper attachment.
It was rusted solid on the bottom dovetail and was
very difficult to get apart. It is shown here disassembled.
Here are the parts separated and ready for cleaning.
Sheldon utilized tapered gibs.
This part alone illustrates why I like Sheldon machinery
- note the double row ball bearings.
There are ball bearings everywhere on this lathe.
The quick change gear box is full of them.
The cross slide snugs up against ball bearings!
Here is the taper attachment now ready for work.
The cross feed screw is completely covered to prevent
chips from fouling it.
Here are both ends of the taper attachment.
The bed clamp can be seen in the right image.
And a view of the
Really all the lathe needs is a little more cleaning,
adjustments, some prep work, and some paint. I think I will enjoy
using this lathe.
There will be more to come when the paint job begins.
This will be a working lathe so I will not be going for a museum
quality paint job - just something nicer.
The paint stripping
paint" is left intact.
Here is the finished Sheldon Lathe - ready to go to
Here is the completed Sheldon lathe on the way to my
I mounted it on temporary wheels/axles for moving only.
The cabinet was painted gloss black to conttrast with
the blue lathe.
This will probably be my last metal lathe purchase
as I am tired of moving the heavy machines around and can not
afford the "down time". Getting the machines up and
over the threshold of my shop door is a real problem. When I built
my shop, I really should have put in a concrete ramp instead of
a standard threshold.
Anyway, this concludes the Sheldon lathe project. It
is now time for it to earn its keep.
Installed collet chuck.
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