Wilton mini lathe

I know the Wilton (on sale today at Menards for $79) isn't the best lathe,
and with the plastic parts, won't last 50 years, but.....
I bought an older lathe last fall for $40 at a garage sale, spent some time
and a small amount of $$$ to get it running, and it never ran great. Today,
I decided to drop the frustration and some cash, and got the Wilton mini at
Menards. I had spent some time playing on one at a friend's house earlier
this year, and tried the Jet midi at a Woodcraft, but couldn't justify the
extra cost right now. $80 later, the Wilton runs better than the old
Power-Kraft (garage sale find) ever did, and it was actually fun to do some
turing. I can see how this could become very addictive.
A few months ago, I took a pen making class at Woodcraft (the jet midi
play-time) and have promised to make my wife some pens when I get this old
lathe going, now I can actually do it on the Wilton.
Turned out to be a very good day!
Rob
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Rob Worgull
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Do you have the specs on the Wilton? MT? Spindle size and TPI? Etc.?
Thanks in advance, LD
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Lobby Dosser
Wasn't the old 14" all tin model PowerKraft, was it? In fairness I shouldn't say all tin. The headstock/motor housing was plastic.
My first. After I made the legs for the tables that I wanted, and it was a chore, I spent a lot of hours on that eggbeater trying to make a bowl. What I got was enough to convince me that I ought to spend some more time in front of a lathe, and that lathe ought to be cast iron.
The Wilton is WMH's try at Mainland rather than Taiwan, I believe.
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George
The Wilton has a MT #1 taper, which is good, since the old lathe I have is also a #1, so the pen mandrel I already bought fits. I believe, it's also a 3/4x16 tpi, but not absolutely positive. It came with 2 smaller face plates, so I should be set there.
The old Powr-kraft was a model A11, which I can't find any information on. I called the company that has parts for old Ward's stuff, they never heard of it. I saw one on OWWM, identical to what I have (although much better condition), but again, no specs. I even searched through the old Ward's tool catalogs on OWWM, and none of the pictures matched what I bought.
My wife wants me to trash it, so unless someone in the western Chicago suburbs wants an old lathe, it's will be scrap soon.
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Rob Worgull
Same accommodations as a Sears lathe, if anyone is wondering.
I'm not interested, and I'm no longer in the area, but where in the 'burbs do you live (just city; not specific streets). I lived in Aurora for 21 years, and before that, five years in Carol Stream.
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LRod
Moved to Naperville from Los Angeles in October of '03. We built a house in north Plainfield, and moved in last September.
I believe you were the one I emailed about a year ago. I work at a certain gov't building in Aurora, on Indian Trail, in the "south area". Didn't you either work in the soutwest or southeast area?
Rob
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Rob Worgull
Oh, wow. Let's see, over the course of 26 years I worked in the old West High, the old West Terminal, Northwest Area, Southwest Area, TMU, QA, South Area, then Southwest Area, again. And I transferred in from ZJX, where I worked in two different areas. I sort of had a couple of distinctions in that time (I'm sure there are others who had similar, but we were rare); I never went to OKC, and I was certified on a total of about 42 radar positions over that time.
I've been gone since '97. No wonder we haven't crossed paths. Say hello to my buddy Knute in the North area. Also say hello to Keith Stokes. The nick that is my signature will be immediately recognizable to them.
I don't remember the email, sorry. I hope I wasn't rude and didn't answer.
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LRod
Don't know Knute, but I do know Stokes. He's in TMU now, but still pops into the south area time to time for currency. I'll pass the message. Being at old ZAU for only 1½ years, still don't know many people outside my area. Almost halfway through the mandatory (at least seems that way) 4 year training program, but had over 14 years of FAA tower time before I walked in the door. Yea, that pissed off a few people that I had seniority over.
Actually, you were very polite in the previous email. I think we had just moved to Illinois, I stumbled on your website, and I sent an email for suggestions of where to buy tools in the local area. If you moved to Florida soon after retirement, you'd be surprised how big Plainfield has grown. New home construction all over the place, Target's, WalMarts, mini-malls popping up all over.
Rob
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Rob Worgull
Ha! Found the emails (we had a couple of exchanges). Looks like I was consistent in the tales I told. I also neglected to tell you about the Berlands near Joliet. It had just opened or was about to at that time, so I either didn't know or just forgot. It'll be a lot closer to you than Lombard.
I still can't remember Mike's name who lives in Crestwood. Have you met him, yet? When the Plainfield tornado went through several years ago (1990; do a web search), it also hammered Crestwood and I recall he had some damage from it.
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LRod
Do you mean Mike Borzym (Boz) in Crest Hill? He actually was my instructor for 3 of my D-sides. Otherwise we have Klein, Kerwin, Eifler and two or three other Mike's in the area.
Haven't been to the Berland's in Joliet, but was to the Lombard location. Being the cheapy that I am, I've picked up most of my stuff through garage sales, an auction, ebay, etc. There is a Woodcraft in Woodridge now, so it's about a 25 minute trip for any other stuff I need. Hoping to find a good deal on a real table saw one of these days, then I'll be set (yea, right).
Rob
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Rob Worgull
That's him! I knew it was Crest-somehting.
Known him for a long time. He prides himself on riding his scoot to work at least once in every month of the year. Tries to ride every day, but obviously, December, January, February...
The original "if you could buy him for what he's worth and sell him for what he thinks he's worth..."
Nice kid. Hadn't thought about him in >7 years. Never could have come up with his name.
Odd, I rarely think of anyone from there. Whenever I talk to Knute (about every three or four months) I ask about a few guys that I can think of, but they're mostly guys from the '70s and '80s that we both knew. He was in the South area for a while when he got back; around '98 until maybe '03? Like I said, he's in the North area, now.
Now that I'm only 80 miles from Jacksonville, I've gotten in touch with a couple of guys I used to work with there and we get together every now and again. Funny, but ATC hardly ever comes up in conversation. Of course they didn't survive '81 and I've always felt guilty about that.
I got my Unisaw last year at Woodworkers Supply out of NC. $1500 including 50" fence (your choice; Bies or Uni), mobile base, and free shipping. With the money you're making you should just order one of those (if they're still selling them at that price) and be done with it.
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LRod

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