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Blog entry by LarryDNJR posted 02-28-2010 08:18 AM 2196 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sale at Woodcraft on Saturday so I decided to go ahead and get the JML-1014I: 10”x14” Mini Lathe with Indexing Head along with a few other things such as chisels, mandrel, mill kit, insertion tool and drill bits. Just need to get sanding paper, pen press, glue, finishes, some blanks and kits and I can get started knocking out some pens. Can’t wait!

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH



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reggiek

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 08:46 AM

Be careful, it is extremely addictive. I enjoyed my Jet mini….Turning is indeed the crack of woodworking….there is always a new method coming out to make more interesting projects….Make sure you have a method to sharpen your tools….there are many ways….but make sure you keep them sharp….Amazon Exotics has some excellent blanks of very nice woods…but there are excellent other sources as well. Make sure when you get a kit that you have the right drill bit and the right bushings. I always recommend that you try to find a kit that you enjoy turning and stick to it…otherwise you end up with a lot of bushings and changing drill bits….not that it isn’t interesting….but it is easier if you learn on one kit for a while until you get the hang of it. Be sure to check out applying CA finish on You Tube….there is also several blogs on here about it….Happy turning!

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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LarryDNJR

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 09:05 AM

I think for now I’ll start out doing the 7mm Slim Pens to get started and more comfortable with the whole process. At the pen turning class I took last week doing my first pen we used Huts Clear Coat, CA, PPP wax finishes. I think for now I’ll use those processes I’ve learned then branch out from there. I can see how addicting it can be, I only did 1 pen and ready to go make more which is why I got the lathe, just need a few more items before starting.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 03:36 PM

By coincidence I used a Jet 10” x 14” mini lathe yesterday. Me and a few other guys did a turning demonstration at a local tool store. The store provided the lathes. I’d never used a mini before and, to be honest, I didn’t think much of them. I was really impressed with that little lathe. I learned that you do not have to have a lot of floor space or a fat wallet to realize the joy of turning. Of course, I only did spindle turning. I expect that this lathe, relative to a heavy floor model, would not handle bowl turning as well. I’m sure we will be back doing another demonstration and I hope to try a bowl on the mini.

By the way – the store loved having us do the demonstration. Several customers were bitten by the bug and started buying turning stuff.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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LarryDNJR

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 10:05 PM

I couldn’t really say about bowl turning on that unit. From what I understand it is possible. I can personally say that this unit is nearly 70lbs in combined weight so that alone it might have the stability for it. I’ve been looking into pen turning for about 3-4 months now and started showing interest in it after having taking that class last Saturday and turning out my first pen I was definitely bitten by the bug. :) It is the reason I went back a week later when Woodcraft had the sale and bought the lathe.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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Hix

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 11:56 PM

I started w/ the Jet mini. I turned alot of small bowls on it before I bought a larger lathe. I still turn all my pens on it and sometimes the small bowls. It has it’s limitations but I would probably give up my larger lathe before the mini.

Pens are addictive but alot of fun to turn….so are ornaments, coffee scoops, segmented bowls, regular bowls, candle….....you get the idea.

Have fun with it. Practice on free wood and post photos of your progress.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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LarryDNJR

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#6 posted 03-01-2010 04:48 AM

Free wood where would I get some of that. ;)

I do need to upload a picture of my first pen from the Woodcraft class last Saturday.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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Bearpie

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#7 posted 03-01-2010 08:26 AM

Check Craig’s List under free items, put search for firewood and see what comes up. That is where I get all my firewood for free, although I have to split them and often the wood is excellent for turning. Good luck.

Erwin

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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reggiek

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#8 posted 03-01-2010 09:07 PM

I use alot of cutoffs from my other projects to turn for pens. You can also turn very nice bottle stoppers, pepper grinders, salt and pepper shakers, keychains, ice cream scoops…etc..etc…with a smaller lathe. I turned alot of small bowls on mine before going to a bigger lathe also. You can turn a very nice pot pourri box and or small treasure boxes also….you are only limited by your imagination…and weight of the blank. Wood is easy to get…you can also check out your small lumberyards and big box stores for cutoffs…most times they are in a box offered free.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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LarryDNJR

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 04:26 AM

Picked up the rest of my supplies tonight. I got the CA, sanding paper, wax finishing bars, huts clear coat. I got a clamp instead of a pen press going to try that for now. Also grabbed 10 Ash Blanks and 10 American Slim Gold Pen Kits. I’m going to try knock out a few pens later this week once I get things all setup.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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cut3times

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#10 posted 03-05-2010 04:53 AM

Good choice Larry. It was a Jet lathe that got me addicted to wood working. The one thing about turning is you can get almost instant gratification. I can think of no other tool that does that. My Jet has been maintenance free since the day I bought it.

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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LarryDNJR

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#11 posted 03-05-2010 08:20 AM

I debated on getting some lower end models from either Sears or Grizzly. I even thought about a Rikon at one point but decided that JET would be best way to go. It seemed to run a little more than others but from what I’ve read it is a solid machine compared to the others.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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