taking apart a south bend 9" lathe

Lots of people buy old lathes and other machine tools and spend too much time fixing them up with no clear idea of what the intend to use them for. Right? Hello, anyone?

Anyway I started breaking the individual components down to clean them, prep them for painting, and to see how they worked. As far as I am concerned there is no better way to learn about a tool then taking it apart and then putting it back together. The putting it back together part in particular.

A Southbend lathe 9" workshop lathe is not a particularly complex machine as lathes go. Even so there are a lot of parts, and as such a lot of ways to mess up. I took some pictures during dissembly. Not nearly enough, but I ended up getting things back together so it was all good in the end.

Here is a crappy image of the south bend lathe compound as I figured out how to remove the feed screw nut. It turned out that there is a set screw under the compound holding it into place.

south bend lathe compound rest

You can see the set screw and I am pointing the screw driver at the spot where it goes in. I am holding the compound upside down, and you can see the feed screw running down the middle.