Craftsman 12" Wood Lathe (Model No. 113.228162)
See the oak rolling pin I
made on it.
Craftsman Bowl Turning Tool Rest Guide
My introduction to using a wood lathe was my high school wood shop class in
my Junior year (circa 1974-1975) at
Southern Senior High School in Harwood, Maryland. Mr. Charles Smith was the
teacher. I have him to thank for imparting a lifelong love for woodworking. Back
in those days, we respected teachers by addressing them Mr., Mrs., or Ms.
Surprisingly, about a decade after graduating, I ran into Mr. Smith at Anne
Arundel Community College while taking a class toward my electrical engineering
degree (he was not in my class).
The wood shop at Robins Air Force Base, in Warner
Robbins, Georgia, was well-equipped, and include a wood lathe. I used it to turn
a couple lamps from blocks of oak
provided by a Sgt. Eddie Nugent from my
radar shop, who
had cut down a tree a year or so earlier. One of the two, which incorporated a
burnt-out thyratron tube from the S-band search radar, disappeared decades ago.
I gave it to Melanie as a Christmas present before we got married (in 1983).
The other oak lamp is still around today.
After getting out of the USAF in 1982, I bought a
Craftsman wood lathe from the Sears store in
Parole Plaza, in
Annapolis, Maryland. When Melanie and I got married, I set it up in the basement
work shop of our tiny
Cade Cod house
in Arnold, Maryland. You can also see in the photo my first Craftsman radial arm
saw, also bought at the Parole Plaza Sears store. After four decades of moving
from place to place many times, I still have a Craftsman radial arm saw and wood
lathe in my work shop - along with many other Craftsman tools including a drill
press, a disc/belt sander,
jointer, band saw, planer, and many powered and
unpowered hand tools. It is a travesty that poor management at Sears cause the
century-old company to fail.
Our current house has an oversize single car garage with a partition
separating a wood shop area from the car area. It is cramped, and there is no
room for having the Craftsman 12" wood lathe permanently set up, so I mounted it on
a piece of 3/4" plywood that is sized to fit the top of my custom-built
roll-around workbench. Placing the workbench, radial arm saw, band saw, and
planer on wheels allows me to roll them out onto the driveway for big jobs,
thereby avoiding the huge mess of saw dust to clean up. It has worked out very
well. I recently planed down more than a dozen rough-cut rad oak and white oak
boards, and cleanup was as easy as sweeping the mountainous piles chips into
plastic garbage bags, and using the leaf blower to clear the smaller stuff.
When not in use, the wood lathe stands against the wall with a sheet of
plastic over it. The weight as shown is just a tad over 80 pounds, which is
manageable for manipulating it up onto the benchtop. BTW, I also have the Copy
Crafter shown in the catalog picture above.
Posted July 1, 2023
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