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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 1046 days ago 2143 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just bought a Harbor Frieght Lathe. Waiting for knives. Noticing that there is a BIG difference in the more expensive bigger lathes than the smaller HB types. Has anyone made a little lathe video? Is there any dvd’s out there for this type?

Thanks LJ’S

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher



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ChrisCrafts

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#1 posted 1046 days ago

Doc,

I started turning about 18 months ago when I picked up a used Shopsmith. I fell in love with it after a few sessions. I learned almost everything about turning via the Internet. Youtube is an endless source of video. I am disabled so I had the time on my hands to sort through the hundreds of videos in search of a few gems. I also took a one day platter class at my local Woodcraft store, although the teacher was next to useless.

That day at Woodcraft ended up being very expensive as there is a reason that good lathes cost so much. They are good. Cheap lathes, not so much. I went through 5 lathes before ending up with my Jet EVS1642-2. I am absolutely against purchasing new tools at retail so I kept going up through the price range looking for a “Deal”. I bought a crap Harbor Freight Jet knock off on New Years Day. I ended returning it within 2 weeks as the tool rest would absolutely not stay secured. That is a HUGE DEAL!! I thought that I could find a fix on my own but it was a flawed product. I ended up breaking two gouges and and taking a number of shots to my head shield. If you get your lathe up and running and find the tool rest or tail stock move I would highly suggest you run as fast as you can to return it before you experience a serious safety issue. BTW Harbor Freight has a set of HSS Lathe tools that are a very good value.

As for videos that have helped me they are not surprising by some of the more famous professional turners. There are 6 or 7 of them that teach classes= on a monthly basis. That experience has produced some talented turners that are capable of describing the techniques in a way others can easily understand. Cause at the end of the day that is the whole point of watching a training video. I have gotten quite a bit from videos by Mike Mahoney & Jimmy Clewes. They match my personality and learning style. Each of us have our own styles and will get different things from different people. In the end it depends on your style and what you are interested in turning. In 1 viewing of Jimmy Clewes video on Bowl turning my skills improved exponentially. I went from turning funnels to turning bowls!

Oh, and don’t forget you are going to spend quite a bit of time sharpening those tools. The Oneway Wolverine system is my choice. Take the time and money to invest in a slow speed (1800RPM) grinder, wheel, and either purchase or make a jig for sharpening your tools. Hand sharpening is not a realistic option. Dull tools create another serious safety issue.

I wish you the best in your journey into turning. If you end up getting “The Bug” Like I did, you can kiss your disposable income goodbye LOL!! In the meantime there are plenty of free resources for learning to turn. Youtube, your public library, and perhaps the best is your local turning club.

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com

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dbhost

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#2 posted 1046 days ago

There are TONS of videos on Youtube from Jet. Just go to youtube and search for “Shop Class Series”, or Shop Class… Obviously they are biased toward the Jet mini, but the instructions are the same…

3 things that will help you…

#1. Get your hands on the book “Learn To Turn”. It’s a great get your feet wet kind of thing… #2. Get set up to sharpen and learn how. Sharp turning tools make turning a joy. Dull turning tools and turning is a pain, and DANGEROUS… #3. IF there is one close by, get into a turning club. The guys and gals there are always happy to help a newbie get going…

You didn’t mention which one, and Harbor Freight sells a range of wood lathes. Did you get one of the mini lathes, or the Jet 1236 clone? I have the 1236 clone and love it… Like the poster above stated, make SURE that everything on that lathe can and does lock down securely. While he got a dud, I didn’t. However user error on one occasion made for a tool rest that slipped, jammed a skew, and threw it at my head… MAKE SURE everything is tight! Also like the poster above mentions. Get, and always wear a face shield. Lathes like throwing things at your face.

The HF HSS turning tool set (Labelled Windsor Design) is a good bargain on some shockingly good tools. Likewise, the Benjamin’s best line from Penn State has some really nice tools for not a lot of money.

If no one has warned you, let me do it now. When it comes to turning, the lathe is the cheap part. It’s the other “stuff” even the cheap stuff that adds up fast. Be careful, have fun, and welcome to the addiction…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Vince

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#3 posted 1046 days ago

Let me know how your first projects come out. I have been considering a HF lathe for awhile now. I don’t know much about turning but would love to try it.

-- "Putty and paint make the carpenter I ain't"

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 1046 days ago

Thanks Chris,

The lathei s assembled and the flimsy box is covering up my openings on the porch window openings for windows I have removed to replace? Should get time to work on furniture and more fine woodworking this winter. I’m in rural SE MN, The biggest town is Mankato @ 38 miles from here. The is a Rockler up north. MN/ST. Paul is @2 plus hours. Working at a job that pays for 3 days or more a week. A financial necessity. I will check out your suggestions. Getting a Ruffan DVD as it is consistant in positive ratings. Don’t have much “free” time.

Watching David Marks turn a bowl w coffee this am. , his tools and lathe were definitly professional. Getting the positively rated HSS midpriced HF tools. Soon to be delivered. Last lathe work was machining, and did some wood turning in HS woodshop. (way too many years ago) David’s video Led me to this blog qustion as it was soooooo different from what I see me doing up front.

My HF Lathe is ok re: fit and finish. Had a blog a week ago re: Maintenance and problems. good info. Will know more later.

Again thanks… :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 1046 days ago

Lumbermonkey,

Just plug the HF Lathe into site search if you want something immediate. Might be awhile before I can blog about using the lathe. I did a blog on it @ week ago.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 1046 days ago

dbhost,

thanks,

Will probably be getting more Raffan stuff like the book you mentioned. Hey I work alone, and I need to do my day job, See my responses above. Have a bunch of positive responses re: Penn State. Have to check it out.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 1046 days ago

bentlyj,

Very little video re: small lathe turning. Guess like others I will “Boldly(?) be going where I have not gone before.” But it isn’t easy to hold the video camera while holding a chisel on a turning lathe. LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Earlextech

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#8 posted 1046 days ago

Check out this guys site – he does amazing work on a little lathe. www.coolhammers.com

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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ChrisCrafts

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#9 posted 1044 days ago

Yikes! I hope you have better luck with that HF Lathe than I did. It may be ok for spindle work but I would be very very careful going at any bowls. For spindle work there are a number of mini/midi lathes that are much better quality for around the same price or a bit more. Grizzly, Rikon, and even Jet midi lathes can be had on eBay for under $300. But hopefully you don’t end of with a tool rest and tail stock that slides all over the place!

For spindle and small detail work I would also suggest taking a look at some of the stuff Bonnie Klein has done.

Also DIYNetwork some great videos you can watch for free!

There are also some “file sharing” websites like whereweshare have woodworking reference videos.

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com

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DocSavage45

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#10 posted 1039 days ago

Chris,

Me too. I know it is a crap shoot. Many positives and negatives about it. Not looking to turn bowls at this point. Realized I needed a lathe to do cylinrical supports for furniture. Funny thing is I bought it to do a table designed by a friend. He recently informed me his wife found one similar at a garage sale for a bick!

Hoping my lath experience is better. lol

Have you used the whereshare?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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