I was going to do some wood turning today, but thought.......gee I sure could use some new chisels. So I decided to start making some on the ole south bend. So I oiled her up and had at it. It was a fun day in the shop doing a little machining, had so much fun running the south bend that I made a bunch of extra blanks to sell as well. Running the south bend is just an absolute joy! This was the longest I ran her since the restore, I ran it about 5 hours straight and the bearing caps never even got warm. It tickled me to see oil running out of the shafts and dripping on the machine, that told me it was getting properly lubed. I put the 4 jaw independent chuck back on and ground up a hss cutter and set it up in the tool holder. I played with the speeds and depth of cuts as well. I love the smell of cutting oil! It's like gun oil and solvent, or wd 40, or marvel mystery oil. I know that's weird. :dunno: So here's a few pics........... First three pics are of the lathe running and making a cut. Turning square stock round for the handle end of the chisels. [attachment=33028] [attachment=33029] [attachment=33030] I said I was going to use this lathe and get her dirty, it's not an art or museum piece. She's covered with oil and chips and being used as it was meant to. I think it's as close to running a brand new 1949 lathe as you can get. It just flat out works. [attachment=33031] I used this cart during the restore of the lathe, now it has been re purposed as a machinist cart. Some of my machining tools are on it, oils for the lathe, some steel stock etc. I can pull it out when I want to use the lathe or mill and push it back between the mill and lathe when I'm done. [attachment=33032] This is what I am starting to work on, 3/8" square cold rolled stock. [attachment=33033] If I turn the ends round it will make it easier to handle them when they are done. Just drill a 3/8" hole in the end of the handle and epoxy them in. [attachment=33034] [attachment=33035] Was a fun day in the shop. What did you guys do in the shop today?