an old Sears model 109 metal lathe. 6" throw, 18" bed, and has a 4-jaw chuck. Seems to be in pretty good shape and has all the gears for threading. Which it'll be a while before I try that; very little experience with lathe work. I may have to look for a new chuck in the future; each jaw tightens independently, which makes me think problems getting a piece centered.
Dad has a motor that'll work nicely to power it, and Og has provided some tips. I found some jpg copies of the original manual online, and I'll hit the library to see if have any books on machining that cover some 'how to's' , and order some cutters. I've been wanting a small lathe for stuff for years; back when I was making lots of knives, having this to turn pommels and such would have been bloody wonderful. Right now? Pins, screws(later), punches, and we'll see what else comes up.
I'll post a picture later. In the meantime, anybody know anything to do/watch for on this?
In other news, I have hummers in the yardThere are two I know of, and this is one of the only good pictures I've been able to get; little buggers zip down to the feeder and by the time I have the camera ready, zip! I feel halfway like Wile E. trying to catch the roadrunner.
Speaking of which, on a training mission a short time ago son & squad were driving down a trail and found a dead coyote, then about a hundred yards down a roadrunner trotting along; and of course someone said "Stupid coyote never learns."