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It’s been a while since I ventured into my basement shop or as it is now more infamously known; “My Lair” (really unfamous, because most people don’t know about it and the rest question it’s existance). My “real world” job has kept me from “My Lair”. Working ten hour days, six days a week, leaves me with little time or energy and even less motivation to trek downstairs. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it, but it could have more to do with my proclivity towards procrastination!!!

Torrential rains two weeks ago and 85 – 90 degree temperatures this week combined with a lousy outdoor job left little “gas in the tank” for anything other than a few “cold ones”. OK, more than just a few returnables are in the recycle bin!!! Yesterday was 91 degrees & humid, today called for more of the same. After a “short” six hour work shift today, the best way to avoid the high temps & humidity was to either crawl into the refridgerator, watch TV while sitting in front of AC or stumble into the cool, dry basement Lair. I found the energy & motivation to escape into “My Lair”!!! I’m glad I did….

I gloated several months ago about a CL lathe I scored.
Here it is being transported back to “My Lair” :

It is a JET 1442 with variable speed. I picked it up for $375.00!!! Since relocating it from my vehicle, to an available space behind my SCMS, it has been sitting disassembled and collecting saw dust. The truth is, as I know NOTHING about lathes or turning setting it up wasn’t a high priority. I’ve been led to believe that this is a good lathe and intend to soon find out for myself!!!

I spent today reoganizing the basement, in order to find a “home” for my lathe. Space is starting to become a limited resource in the shop. Turns out there is always room for JELLO, err a JET lathe….

I won’t be turning anything this weekend, as there is still more “setup” to be completed. I need to build a “ballast” shelf, reinstall the power switch and most importantly read the owner’s manual!!! There could also be one MAJOR factor prohibiting me from turning. I have no turning chisels!!! Yeah, that’ll slow me down a little!

Here is where all y’all can help me out. I need to know what I have? More to the point, what DON’T I have. Obviously, I need turning chisels, but what is a good starter set? (I’d like something better than HF!) Here is a picture of EVERYTHING that I have for this lathe:

Faceplate(?), Spur drive, live center, push rod(?), curved tool rest, straight tool rest and PSI screw chuck…..
I think I got them right? What else do I need? Links would be greatly appreciated!!!

I’m hoping to order chisels and “stuff” this weekend and be “turning” out practice pieces soon!!!
Well, that’s the plan at least!!!

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



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mja979

237 posts in 539 days


#1 posted 325 days ago

Very impressive lathe! Definitely understand how hard it can be to find time to work in the shop with our 9-5 or 6-5…

-- Marcus Allred, Puzzle Creator, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787761497/902978828?token=8cf1bea4

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Simons44

93 posts in 1929 days


#2 posted 325 days ago

I’d suggest getting “a taste of carbide” from captnneddie: http://eddiecastelin.com/products_and_services

That way you do not have to worry about sharpening your chisels to start with and you can do alot with just that one set.

Jeremy

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Kreegan

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#3 posted 325 days ago

Ok, from left to right: a faceplate that looks like 6”, on top of that a 4 prong spur drive and live center, the thing on the box is a bottle stopper chuck. dunno what’s in the box, looks like an “S” tool rest behind it, the long bar is a knockout bar most likely.

I’d recommend this set of lathe chisels from PSI. I like my Benjamin’s Best tools a lot.

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/LCHSS8.html

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 325 days ago

mja979,
There are two things about my schedule that makes it tough:
1) We are weather based (property maintenance).
2) The boss/owner doesn’t communicate the work plan or schedule!!!

Jeremy,
Thanks for the link and insight. I’ve heard of Captain Eddie. I need to also watch his videos.

Rich,
Wow, I actually had some of them parts right!!! Who’d a thunk it? The box is empty, what I called the (PSI) screw chuck was in it. (you called it a bottle stopper chuck.) Thanks for link to the chisels. I know you provided it before on the Stumpy thread, but finding it would be near impossible.

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

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eddie

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#5 posted 325 days ago

good luck on your laith ,cant help ya there know very little on em . look like a good deal on it seems to be in good shape ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Vince

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#6 posted 325 days ago

I agree with Rich, I too have Benjamin’s Best tools. For the cost you can’t go wrong. I also made a couple of easy wood style tools but haven’t used them yet. I hear Easy Wood Tools are great tools.

-- Vince

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jacen68

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#7 posted 325 days ago

better ? what projects are you wanting to do? hf tools is a good place to start if you want to do some spindle projects. plus, you need to figure out what sharpening system will work for you. eddie has the cheapest rig, and besides if u bugger up a hf tool it doesn’t sting that much.

-- So much to do, so little time.

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JL7

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#8 posted 325 days ago

That is a fine lathe for $375….you suck.

I have the Benjamin’s Best tools as well, plus made my own carbide tools…...bur really don’t know what I’m doing so just ignore any advice I may attempt to offer….....

Good to see you got some lair time….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 325 days ago

Eddie,
While cleaning & reassembling, I noticed that the motor was manufactured in 2007, making the lathe 5-6 years old. Of course, it has a little “character” from use and it needs some TLC, along with a switch rewire, but all in all, it’s in fine shape.This lathe retails new on Amazon for $1429.99 (as stated above, I only paid $375.00)!!! Yeah, a good deal was had.

Vince,
Thanks for providing your input.
I’m seriously considering the “Benjamin’s Best” set. Now what I really need to know is, what other accessories/tools should I be considering? I know of a few needs, like calipers but what else would make turning more fun, easier and help to hide or improve upon my severe lack of skill/knowledge??? I can also see me doing pens, so what is needed/recommended for making them?

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

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 325 days ago

jacen68,
There in lies but one of my problems, I don’t really know what I want to turn! Pens, mortar & pestal, tool handles, to name a few. I hear ya regarding the HF stuff. I don’t have anything against HF in general. I have a bunch of their stuff. As far as sharpening, I have the WS3000 or could use my combo belt/disk sander, but I’m leaning towards the WS3000.

Hey Jeff,
Has the visiting company left yet?
I’ll take your advise with a grain of salt….
You wouldn’t offer a WRONG opinion, would you???

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

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 325 days ago

That is a real nice lathe. What a bargain.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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mja979

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#12 posted 325 days ago

I have not turned anything myself, but a few ideas for you: Lamp bases, candle holders, and ornaments.

-- Marcus Allred, Puzzle Creator, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787761497/902978828?token=8cf1bea4

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DIYaholic

11279 posts in 1180 days


#13 posted 325 days ago

Yup Charles, a deal it was. I wasn’t in the market for a lathe. However, when this appeared on CL, there was no passing it up!!!

mja979
Fine suggestions there.
Haven’t turned anything? Do you have a lathe?
In regards to your “signature” line….
What is “Final Jeopardy!”?

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

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Dave

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#14 posted 325 days ago

Yep you suck. If there was a tool that I would use that plugs in it would be a lathe. Nice catch Randy. I hope it serves you well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DIYaholic

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#15 posted 324 days ago

Actually Dave….
As nice as the lathe is, I hope I serve it well!!!

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

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