1946 Atlas Lathe

In January 2014, I bought an antique Atlas metal lathe. It was built in September 1946.

I was eager to buy a lathe so I could start making my own parts for projects as well as learn about machining. Although it would have been much easier to invest in a modern lathe, I enjoyed restoring this lathe back to working order.

Here’s how it looked when I got it:

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After the restoration started:

I purchased a lot of original parts that were missing on ebay.

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I experimented with electrolysis rust removal with this project. It takes a lot of the manual labor out of the process.

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I couldn’t repaint everything and not build a new table…

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Cleaning and repairing internal components

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Headstock put together

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Checking spindle runout

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Completed Lathe

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Ready to make parts

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