It's always amazing to me to see how well designed these old machines are that they withstand the ravages of time and use. I doubt you would see very little difference in a new machine bought today along those lines. Of course, getting into CNC is another breed of cat, but even that is simply a souped up version of what you see here.
I once read a story about American POWs in Japan that made a hand held fully working miniature metal lathe while in camp. That required some dedication and patience given the limited resources they would have had.
Ferrules... Plane parts.. Screws, etc. Who knows what else. At this point it's just something to play with.
My oldest son collects.. of all things...Ping golf putters. He has expressed a desire to make his own so I'm thinking a mill is in our future. With both those machines he'll be in business. I told him he could have a corner in the shop.
Nice restoration of what would be a very expensive lathe these days.
What Mike says is true. It will seem that every time you try to do a little project, you'll have to buy something else. That will be true for a while but there will come the time when you do a job on the lathe and don't have to buy anything because you'll already have all you need.
Nice job on the restoration. I trained as a machinist but had to stop school when our second child came along. Money was tight and I had to work overtime to pay doctors bills. Beginning machinists only made about $5 an hour then and I was making $7 as a screen printer. So, maybe it wouldnt have worked out anyway. But I learned a lot and it carries over into much that I do now so I don’t regret the time in school.