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Blog entry by Dorje posted 11-04-2007 12:13 AM 1534 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife bought me this Jet 1642 EVS lathe last month…I love it!

She really likes bowls – thank goodness! She didn’t think that I should get the 14”er that I had been planning on for the past year or so…

The first day that I went out to play (set it up and turn it on), it wouldn’t run! Turns out that it wouldn’t run off of the GFI circuit that runs to the shop…I had to run a new standard circuit out there from the panel in the house – pretty much ate up the day! I was able to start turning at 5-5:30 that eve for a few hours though…that helped improve my sour disposition…

I’ve turned a number of semi-green and green rough bowls – I don’t have any dry stock to turn so rough bowls will have to do for now! I’d say about half have made it and seem like they’ll dry and re-turn okay…the other half had too many splits or flew off the chuck and cracked the base of the bowl…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 11-04-2007 12:17 AM

Congratulations, you lucky dog – you’ve got a great wife!! I bet we’ll be seeing some nice turnings coming off of that machine. You’re going to be having a lot of fun!

Now you can ship that little one on the floor to me ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 11-04-2007 12:43 AM

Nice lathe! I see you use the underspace for storage as well. Me too. I think I might make a ramp that goes from the wall in a downward angle to try and keep the shavings off the stuff under the lathe. That looks like a worthy beast!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 11-04-2007 02:17 AM

THAT is a really nice lathe!! Congrats, Dorje, Enjoy to the max.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-04-2007 02:57 AM

Hi Dorje;

Nice addition to any shop for sure! Your wife either likes you enough to buy it for you, or doesn’t like you enough to buy it for you.( could be she figures it will keep you out of her hair) Either way you win.

Have fun;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 11-04-2007 02:59 AM

Shoot, you already got the bigger lathe. Good for you, you certainly are deserving. Next to Karson and Frank I can’t think of anyone else as wood reverent as yourself.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 11-04-2007 04:54 AM

Dorje -

WOW! Very cool addition to the shop. I am looking forward to future projects.


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#7 posted 11-04-2007 06:39 AM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 11-04-2007 06:46 AM

Can my wife like start hanging around your wife?.....way cool!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#9 posted 11-04-2007 01:45 PM

The electrical deal must have hurt!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 11-04-2007 02:16 PM

Good deal Dorje!
I find that his tool brings out the most relaxation of all my toys and the turnings become addictive after a few bowls.
Nice addtion to your shop.
p.s.You will really light the variable speed.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#11 posted 11-04-2007 03:11 PM

Congratulations and I thank your wife for the wonderful projects we will get to see in the future.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 11-04-2007 03:42 PM


Very nice indeed! Nothing better than a new tool in the shop.

I’d like to hear your impressions of the Jet – that is the one with variable speed right? I have a Delta Midi lathe now and I’ve been thinking for quite a while that I want to upgrade. I’ve thought about the Jet and also the Nova DVR. The Jet looks a lot like the bigger Powermatic that always gets god marks. Be sure to let us know your thoughts.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#13 posted 11-04-2007 03:44 PM

Was the title a freudian slip? :::::Lathest Addition to the Shop…:::::


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#14 posted 11-04-2007 04:10 PM

That thing is huge! Can you turn me a baseball bat?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#15 posted 11-04-2007 05:08 PM

Very nice lathe Dorje, make many things and be careful of the spalted woods. Its a blast is’nt it. I miss mine, got the motor in getting an overhaul or whatever they do to electric motors for Delta lathes. Mine is an old Delta 46-745X a big one but just a boat anchor when it doesn’t run. Good latheing. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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