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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #19: This TOOL GLOAT will turn heads!!!

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 02-14-2013 01:01 AM 1749 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been scouring CraigsList, for over two years now, in an attempt to outfit my embryonic work shop. I have been fortunate enough to have found a lot of great deals….

DeWalt DW735 thickness planer: $100.00
15 Jorgensen F-Clamps: $5.00 ea.
Ridgid OSS (NIB): $90.00

Those are but a few of my CL finds that warrant a gloat. I think my latest tool aquisition just may be my best one yet!!!

The seller stated in the CL ad, that they were downsizing their shop. Which is ironic because, CL is my favorite vehicle to “UPSIZE” my shop!!! Since the transaction & transfer of ownership would involve 1.5 hours of travel on my part, I tried to ascertain the true condition of my potential “new to me” machine. After several eMails and a phone call, I determined it was a worthy trip to take.

Enough foreplay, here are pictures from the CL ad:

Since the ad described the lathe as a JET JWL-1442VSK, I quickly surfed the interweb for retail pricing, reviews and whatnot. Being a turning virgin, I also had(have) a lot of learning to do. Where does someone go to learn any & all things wood working??? Why LumberJocks of course. So I hightailed it here and posted my cry for help, in assessing this lathes potentiality of becoming mine. Thanks everyone for the help!!!

I made the 1.5 hour drive to meet my potential lathe & the seller. Upon arrival, I find the seller trying to reinstall the on off switch! Yeah, that was tape, in the photo, holding the switch in place. She spent a valiant hour, while I was there & another before my arrival, trying to install the switch, but was unsuccessful. Well, I can’t buy a lathe if it’s operation is unknown. So, I jumped in to assist. There really wasn’t enough wire to make the connections to the switch, without disassembling the internals of the headstock. So I flew to the hardware store and bought 1’ of wire, 2 male spade connectors, 2 female spade connectors and made two short jumpers, right on the cashier counter. Suffice it to say, the switch was now able to be made temporarily operational. Lathe assessment can continue!!!

It was time to “flick the switch” and hope sparks didn’t fly….........
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Short story long, the lathe motor fired up and no magic smoke appeared. I checked for runout, operation of the Reeves variable speed, lever locks locked, the centers aligned. The machine, to the best of my feable ability, tested out A-OK!!!

Now then, what makes a gloat, gloat worthy??? I feel that there are several factors; rarity of said item, “minty” condition of the item and of course the price paid needs to be way below the true value of the item being purchased. This is not a rare lathe. This lathe is not in mint condition. So, process of elimination leaves price paid.

The “new” retail price of this lathe is $1,429.99 on Amazon. Used items usually garner around 1/2 of “new” retail, depending upon condition. I would say this lathe is in fair to good condition. PLEASE, take a look at the photos & let me know if you agree.

What say you? Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent condition???

The seller asked for $400.00 in the CL posting. I went home with this lathe for a grand total of $375.00 (plus $3.93 for jumper pieces/parts)!!!

Is this lathe purchase GLOAT WORTHY???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 01:06 AM

Sweet! Congrats on the score. The bad news could be the lathe is just the beginning of the money black hole,there is so much “stuff” to load up on. Good news is, its lots of fun.

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DamnYankee

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 01:15 AM

Turn baby turn
Nice gloat

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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JL7

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 01:16 AM

Yep – good score…...agree with Shane…..this is the beginning…..but starting with a killer lathe for a 1/4 of retail really helps…....

Seriously…..look closely at the Sorby SpindleMaster for a great starting tool….(for spindle work of course)......you won’t regret….along with a starter set of tools…....

When should we expect the projects?? It’s 7:15 CST…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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William

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 01:35 AM

I hate you.
Seriously though,
Bite me.

It looks like a good score.
I have to know though.
Did the chuck in the ad come with the lathe?

Now for the bad news.
”$375.00 (plus $3.93 for jumper pieces/parts)!!!”
You just bought the cheapest part of the wood turning hobby.

I know this for fact because I am in the same boat.
I’ve had at least some kind of lathe for a couple of years now.
I could add everything together.
What I paid for the first lathe.
What I have in gas going to get the second lathe (free, only gas money).
What my wife gave for the third lathe,
All I’ve spent on the one chuck, tools, and accessories,
Add it all together,
I could easily make a list coming up to three times as much that I’d like to have for wood turning this very instance.

Good luck with the bank loan my friend.
Borrow some for me too!!!!
You spent

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 01:43 AM

Here is my suggestion for a good starter set of chisels.
They are Benjamin’s best from PennState Industries.
They are around $63 plus shipping.
I know we talked about the HF set over on that other thread, but if you can afford it, these are better.
Check out PennState’s other stuff while you’re there.

You also need a bench grinder for sharpening those.
Throw away the factory table things.
You’ll need to either buy a vari-grind system or make your own.
Here is a good starting point for sharpening and how to make your own system instead of buying one.

Please make sure you have a full face sheild before even starting the lathe up with wood chucked in it.
Trust me. I know from personal experience.
Safety glasses don’t cut it on a lathe.
FULL FACE SHEILD!!!!!!!!!!!

I also like using a denim apron.
I still wind up with chips in all my pockets and down my drawers,
but an apron helps some.

And that is just the beginning.
Turning is FUN though.
Soon you’ll see why.
It’s is the most fun you can have in my opinion.
Chuck up a tree branch and turn a completed project in the same day.
How can anything be more fun than that?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 01:51 AM

ShaneA,
I love any reason to scour CraigsList! Please don’t say anything, but I’m gonna go to William’s & Rich’s to steal there “stuff”!!! Remember…Shhhhhhh!

Rob,
I’m glad you think so…..
Can I borrow some money, as I need turning “stuff”!!!

Jeff,
I WILL look into the Sorby!
I will post a lathe project BEFORE 8:15 CST, I promise…..
Not sure what day, week, month or year, but I’ll post before 8”15 CST!!!

William,
Disregard what I said to ShaneA!
The PSI chuck did NOT come with the lathe. Would’ve been nice, but I can’t complain!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 02-14-2013 02:03 AM

Randy, I know nothing of lathes but I think ya dun good!!!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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William

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#8 posted 02-14-2013 02:04 AM

No worries Randy.
If you’ll go look around at that PSI site I linked to above,
You can have the same chuck I have for less than $100.
It is the cheaper one they have,
But it comes with two sets of jaws, a free set of cole jaws. I recently learned these are great for finishing bowls, and it is a pretty good chuck. Actually I prefer it to the type shown in the add, which uses a key. The one I have uses two bars that you turn in opposite directions to loosen or tighten.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 02-14-2013 02:10 AM

Andy,
That is definately something we have in common…
I know nothing about lathes & think I dun good too!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 02-14-2013 02:14 AM

William,
I am going to have to make a wishlist, with prioroties, as there really is a lot that I need.

I’m worried to start the list though…
I’m worried my credit card issuers won’t increase my limit!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Julian

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#11 posted 02-14-2013 02:28 AM

$375 is an incredible deal. The minor problems can be easily fixed. I am jealous.

-- Julian

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clieb91

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#12 posted 02-14-2013 02:32 AM

Congrats on a good score. My lathe was certainly my biggest score ever on Craigslist, which I am glad of as well due to the other money I have spent to outfit it and make projects.
Happy turning the addiction will set in soon :)

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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DIYaholic

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#13 posted 02-14-2013 02:51 AM

Julian,
That’s exactly what I was thinking. I wasn’t looking for a lathe, not yet at least. But while perusing CL, this deal showed up.
Sometimes, an offer that looks to good to be true….
IS TRUE!!!

clieb91,
Although some addictions can be expensive….
That’s not to say it’s all bad!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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boxcarmarty

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#14 posted 02-14-2013 03:33 AM

Makes me wanna go out and put on my apron and face shield…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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eddie

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#15 posted 02-14-2013 03:36 AM

nice score Randy ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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