Full restoration of a 1943 Logan Lathe (Model 200)

February 2021

Full write-up below the pictures.




My grandfather was something of a machinist so I've always been interested in machinery and things of that nature. At some point, I decided I wanted a lathe, so I started to look around for one. The new ones were too expensive so I decided to buy an old cheap one and restore it. After a bit of research, I decided on the Logan Lathe Model 200 because I liked the way it looked.

Brief summary of the restoration:

This ended up being quite a labor intensive restoration. I began by taking the entire lathe apart, then sandblasting every single individual component to prepare for painting. If any parts were broken and not able to be repaired, I bought replacements. For the color, I wanted to restore the lathe to whatever color it was when it rolled off the assembly line. In this case, that meant painting it a dark blue-grey, for which I was able to find a very close substitute in Benjamin Moore's "Baby Seal Black". After a couple weeks of painting, everything was ready for reassembly.

For me, reassembly is usually the hardest part of a restoration. No matter how many pictures I take, it's never enough, and I end up having to figure out via trial and error how things go back together. Eventually, after several weeks of hard work, I had this:


Tool post



Spindle w/ chuck

How much?

Initial purchase price: $1,000

Parts: $1,303.36 (spreadsheet of parts + costs here)

Grand total: $2,303.36

How long?

Bought: 10/27/20

Sold: 2/28/21

Total time: 125 days (.342 years)

Where is it now?

After finishing the restoration, I listed it on Facebook Marketplace and a gentleman from east Arkansas ended up buying it for his hobby machine shop. I believe he paid $2,972, which was honestly a steal.

Final thoughts:

I am really proud of this restoration. I was able to source all the parts I needed, the color ("Baby Seal Black") turned out really nice, and after I was finished, the lathe ran as good or better than it did coming off the assembly line. Definitely one of my favorite projects.

Helpful resources:

ebay.com; Used to buy OEM replacement parts if a part was broken or not repairable

lathe.com; The website of Logan Actuator Co., a great resource for new Logan Lathe parts

littlemachineshop.com; Good website for lathe accessories

vintagemachinery.org; Tons of reproduction manuals for old machinery products

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