1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. We want to wish everyone a healthy, happy New Year, full of joy and success. God bless you, and thank you for supporting The Hobby-Machinist.

    Dismiss Notice

Monarch 16CW Restoration

Discussion in 'MACHINE RESTORATION & WAY SCRAPING' started by pgriek, May 19, 2014.

  1. pgriek

    pgriek Iron Registered Member

    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    City:
    Centurion
    It was surely one of the happiest days for me when I bought my old Monarch lathe a few months ago. It was in a fairly good state, consider it was build more than 70 years ago. I can't say how she was treated through the years but I do know she found a good home with me :)


    I have started to restore the machine but like many other restorations, anyway when it comes to me, lead to so many other little projects and things to make to assist or least make the restoration a bit better. My first side project was to build a sandblaster cabinet, wanted build one for so long but never come it, but this time I did. The sandblast cabinet is to blast most of the smaller parts clean before coating. The second side project is building an A-frame lifting beam.


    I started off by taking off the QC gearbox and clean that up.

    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
     
  2. drs23

    drs23 Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    City:
    Groves
    State:
    Texas
    It appears Sir you have scored a gem. I'll be glued to this resto. They're my favs ya know?
     
  3. xalky

    xalky United States Global Moderator Staff Member Director

    Likes Received:
    36
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City:
    Naugatuck
    State:
    Connecticut
    I'm a huge fan fan of Monarch lathes too and this one seems to be in relatively good shape. They are very well built rigid and accurate machines. Bring her back to the glory that she deserves and she'll serve another 70 yrs easily.
     
  4. Tony Wells

    Tony Wells United States Vice President Staff Member Administrator

    Likes Received:
    19,040
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Tyler, Texas
    City:
    Tyler
    State:
    Texas
    I have her cousin. A 16-W, s/n 7749. There is no date stamped on my plate, however.

    scan01.jpg

    Scan02.jpg

    scan03.jpg
     
  5. Cadillac STS

    Cadillac STS United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    92
    Trophy Points:
    28
    City:
    Grand Rapids
    State:
    Michigan

    Just noticed on the Monarch manual the slogan "No Obsolescence Tolerated Here." And the decades since shows they were true to their slogan!!
     
  6. jpfabricator

    jpfabricator United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    581
    Trophy Points:
    113
    City:
    Henderson
    State:
    Texas
    Tuned in. I also have a 16cw waiting for power.

    Sent from somwhere in east Texas by Jake!
     
  7. Reeltor

    Reeltor United States Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    143
    Trophy Points:
    43
    City:
    Lawrenceville
    State:
    Georgia
    I too have a Monarch CW, a great lathe
    I hadn't a clue that so many members also had CW's

    Not to be a wise ass or anything but the lathe looks like it's ready to work. Do you just want to put some fresh paint on it or does it have problems?
     
  8. FOMOGO

    FOMOGO Puerto Rico Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    882
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Colorado
    City:
    Steamboat Springs
    State:
    Colorado
    That's a beautiful machine, and the setting with the brick wall and the corrugated metal sliding door make it look right at home and era appropriate. The heavy steady in Tony's post is really a work of art all by itself. Cheers, Mike
     
  9. Tony Wells

    Tony Wells United States Vice President Staff Member Administrator

    Likes Received:
    19,040
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Tyler, Texas
    City:
    Tyler
    State:
    Texas
    Yeah, and I dearly wish I had that steady rest.
     
  10. 4gsr

    4gsr Global Moderator Staff Member H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    1,186
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Victoria, Texas
    City:
    Victoria
    State:
    Texas
    Tony,
    I have one here that someone started to modify to fit on my 20" Lodge & Shipley lathe. I don't know if it was originally from 18" or 20" Monarch. I might be willing to draw it up for you to fit your lathe if you wanted to build one. Only problem right now I having the time to do so.
    Ken
     
  11. Tony Wells

    Tony Wells United States Vice President Staff Member Administrator

    Likes Received:
    19,040
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Tyler, Texas
    City:
    Tyler
    State:
    Texas
    Ken, I've been using a light duty, modified steady rest so far on the lathe, I just don't like it. So time is no issue at all. I get by, but could and would push the machine to it's capability if I had the proper steady rest. I do some adapter subs on it, and of course, it has such a small spindle hole I can't swallow things like that so have to use a steady rest. Longer stuff I bring in holed, but these I just buy P80 bar and drill myself then bore. Nothing special about the bores, as I'm sure you know, but sure could do them faster. Once in a long while I do a short float sub, so the bore is a little more critical on them, but generally not on the adapters.

    I've been toying with the idea of building one, sort of patterned after the Mazak design, but only in my head at this point. Nothing on paper. If it's something you want to do, I'd sure be happy to have a "genuine" copy of a Monarch design.
     
    4gsr likes this.

Share This Page