Goodbye old lathe!

11 March 2012, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

Ever since buying the VB36, my old dominion lathe has not been used at all! I knew there was no point in keeping it, so I advertised it last week and was very pleased when a chap form the Czech Republic wanted to buy it straight away! It was a tiny bit sad seeing it leave, since this was the first machine I bought when I started turning. However, someone else is going to appreciated its solid 1940’s engineering and will hopefully get years of use from it. The above photo shows the lathe just before it was moved. I’ve never seen it so clean!

If you’re going to push a ton of cast iron down a yard, you’ll need to use anything you can find. This includes old waterpipes and broom handles!


Securely positioned on the wagon and shortly off to its new home.


Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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  1. Gravatar of Rich
    Rich16 March 2012 01:17

    WOW, that old lathe looks like a work of art in its self. What a beautiful machine! Its a shame its leaving this country, hope the new owner makes good use of it.

    ATB, Rich.

  2. Gravatar of Philip George
    Philip George4 December 2014 21:41

    I have one like that without the carriage and rack, thinking of selling. ( Somerset.)

  3. Gravatar of Jonathan Leech
    Jonathan Leech8 December 2014 11:03

    Hi Philip,

    I sold mine online via a specialist machine tool website - let me know if you would like any details.

  4. Gravatar of Philip George
    Philip George1 July 2015 21:36

    Hello Jonathan,
    Just picked up your reply which I wasn't banking on, thanks.
    The one I still have is un painted with a six foot bed, I have someone interested but don't know fair value.
    Have 2 large face plates. Any idea of fair value.

  5. Gravatar of Jonathan Leech
    Jonathan Leech4 July 2015 20:54

    Hi Philip,

    I guess around £550 would be a fair price. If you've installed an inverter to give variable speed, then you could ask a bit more.
    It will be worth about the same as the Union Graduate or smaller Wadkin, as this is what potential customers will also be looking at - you are welcome to give me a call if you like.

    Best wishes, Jonathan

  6. Gravatar of Philip George
    Philip George5 July 2015 21:32

    Hi Jonathan,

    Thank you for that helpful information.
    As a 77 year old and retired over ten years I can see you have the same zest and love of wood and nature
    that I have. Thanks for the phone offer, may take it up one eve, 7.00 ish
    With Thanks and Best wishes to you, Philip.

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