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!