Hi,\n\nIf you decide to add a new Projects/Workshop section to the forum Ian my I please be the first to add one of my projects. [I][B]edit (Ian):[/B] I've move this to the projects section now :).[/I]\n\nPlease accept that I'm not smart or an expert on anything; just a guy into all sorts of interesting things that grab my attention. I'm an apprentice trained mechanical engineer which gets me off to a good start; a mechanical engineer is totally different to a "fitter" I was taught by top engineers to use my head and hands and if I did anything I shouldn't I was certainly in the wrong place working down a deep coal mine; the engineers played rough but I trusted them with my life and I learned a great deal from each of them for which I'm forever grateful. I was working underground at the age of 15 helping but possibly more hindering the engineers.\n\nA few years ago I saw an old very rough looking metal turning lathe on eBay that caught my attention especially since it was located just the other side of Huddersfield; the lathe is a very rare Lorch Schmidt precision lathe and unlike most Lorch lathes this was floor standing being a full size lathe. I arranged to inspect the lathe and drove over; the lathe was surrounded by other equally rough looking machinery so the seller and I had to make our way to it; this lathe had been sitting in a scrap yard for over twenty years and it showed although it must have been protected from the weather because I could see very little rust; whilst the seller answered his phone I took the opportunity to really give the lathe a close examination moving the slides and checking the controls worked; it was single phase and an extension lead was run to it proving at least it was in some kind of working order. The lathe on auction on eBay had a starting price and looking at the state of it I offered a price as a buy it now but this to include delivery; I was amazed when my offer was accepted and a few days later Bron watched as my latest load of scrap metal arrived on the back of an open wagon.\n\nBron generously bought me a soda blaster as a prezzie and I bought a 3hp compressor to power the blaster; I used hard medium in the blaster which was a slow terrible job working on our driveway in freezing conditions. The lathe was completely stripped to its last screw and with a great deal of TLC I went through each part whilst I rebuilt it.\n\n[URL]https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Millar-Soda-Blasting-10-gallon-40kg-Soda-Hard-Media-Blaster/263820854349?hash=item3d6cf2c44d:g:2QsAAOSwQ59Za7YQ[/URL]\n\nI'm unable to obtain any information on this particular lathe even on\n\n[URL]http://www.lathes.co.uk/lorchschmidt/[/URL]\n\nI spent many hours trying to find details as to its age but without success; having already inspected the lathe I knew in spite of its poor appearance it was actually in good condition with very few signs at all of any wear and this was borne out during its comprehensive rebuild. This Lorch was a flat belt drive which caused no end of problems; I'm used to fast and loose pulleys with flat belts having worked in the pit and I installed new belts to the lathe but never liked them.\n\nI went to town on this restoration; I bought a top quality Brook motor and the correct DOL starter; I've no problem at all wiring motors; before retirement I worked at Brook Motos for 24 years. I had seen a fully restored Lorch watchmakers lathe and liked the colour so bought the same colour from Paragon Paints which I sprayed on.\n\nThe pictures below tell the story better than text alone but after successfully restoring this Lorch I didn't then have time to play with it but when I did I was disappointed by the flat belt drive slipping. I solved this by installing a completely new drive converting it to 3 phase 1.1kW (2hp) Poly-V drive through a VFD (Huanyang); I'm not a trained electrical engineer but over the years I've picked up lots of knowledge; adding remote controls to the VFD for forward/reverse and speed control proved very testing indeed because of cross talk between signal and power cables which caused me lots of frustration; I understand this problem due to my years of vintage radio restoration but it really caught me out on the VFD; I solved it be separating the signal and power cables and using shielded Cat6 cable for the control circuits. I've never seen it done previously but I wondered if I could run both my fully restored Union Graduate and Lorch lathe from this single VFD; the short answer is yes and I've successfully done it with a switching circuit; both lathe motors are identical so it was just a case of setting up the VFD and installing switching between the lathes; I love to do things differently and to experiment but i will never encourage anyone to play around with mains electricity; mains electricity doesn't take prisoners and a simple mistake could prove the last mistake ever made.\n\nI take lots of digital images of my projects so I've got a lot of projects on many subjects I'd like to share if of interest; I'd like to see this forum take off with many like minded members contributing; after 55 years I still have a great deal to learn. Here are a few pictures to show what I get up to.\n\nKind regards, Colin.\n\n[ATTACH=full]894[/ATTACH]\nBack gears installed.\n\n[ATTACH=full]895[/ATTACH]\n\nBack of headstock showing unusual drive belt route.\n\n[ATTACH=full]896[/ATTACH]\nDrive shafts installed.\n\n[ATTACH=full]897[/ATTACH]\nPainting underway.\n\n[ATTACH=full]899[/ATTACH]\nCarriage assembly.\n\n[ATTACH=full]900[/ATTACH]\nCarriage assembly stripped. Images and notes taken due to no workshop manual.\n\n[ATTACH=full]901[/ATTACH]\nHeadstock components.looking better than new.\n\n[ATTACH=full]902[/ATTACH]\nAs bought and having been stored for over 20 years in a scrap yard.\n\n[ATTACH=full]903[/ATTACH]\nTop quality Brook Motor painted with pulley installed but since converted to 3 phase Poly-V drive via VFD.\n\n[ATTACH=full]904[/ATTACH]\n\nLooks much better after a lot of TLC restoration almost completed.