The Shop at MotoPreserve North…

The MotoPreserve North shop is getting well stocked...

The MotoPreserve North shop is getting well stocked…

Obviously one thing that all the folks at MotoPreserve (in Brooklyn) and I had in common was  a love of motorcycles.  The other was an unhealthy desire to own a of of tools…

The South Bend Lathe installed in MotoPreserve North...

The South Bend Lathe installed in MotoPreserve North…

With the new shop taking shape, there were a few things that I needs to get settled.  The first was to install a 1951 South Bend 9B lathe.  A big step up from the mini-lathe, and fortunately at a rock bottom price – since I will cleaning and repainting/restoring it myself.  It turns metal just fine as is, but will look a while lot nicer when I get done with it.

The grime is layers thick on the power hacksaw...

The grime is layers thick on the power hacksaw…

I have also been in search of a decent way to cut raw stock for making into the custom parts we have been messing with.  After an old Atlas/Craftsman band saw needed some fabrication (coming soon), I opted to grab an ancient power hacksaw at an auction I attended.  This thing is hard core – and has been used for YEARS to cut stock at the machine shop where it used to reside.

The hacksaw is covered in even more grime than the lathe – and will tale some serious scrubbing to bring back to it’s previous glory, but it works, and that’s all that counts right now.  Just the thing needed to get back to work!

Oh, how we love raw metal....

Oh, how we love raw metal….

The final move will be this weekend, which will see the mill installed, as well as the bike lift, and all the parts.  Good grief!  More moving…

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