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The new family member #1: There she is

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 05-20-2018 01:00 AM 2787 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The instructions said that setup would require two people. It’s not true, really. I thought the whole while about the guy in the video who was moving 16T blocks around by himownbadself using levers. Aside from asking O.D. (Old Dad) to take the nuts off the bolts and hand them to me while my hands were full, I got this behemoth out of my buggy and assembled and inside alone. Yeah, We bad. All that and a jar of pickled pigs feet am I. My back’s wasted, but, there it is and there you have it. Let’s see what happens with it now. I haven’t even turned it on yet.

One end of the box said “heavy end.” It should have said that on the other end and said “OMG that’s HEAVY,” where it said “heavy end”.

-- Mark



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leafherder

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#1 posted 05-20-2018 02:33 AM

Hey Mark,

Bet you are one proud papa with your new baby. Sounds like the delivery involved some painful labor. LOL

What are you waiting for? Take her for a spin!

Best of luck, I’m sure your Mojo and Muse will have fun with this.

John

-- Leafherder

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#2 posted 05-20-2018 02:39 AM

Nice job hijacking the lathe, so what happened to the old one did you trade it.
Can you possibly take a better picture please, just imagine you are at the Getty Museum, snap away!

A bit odd it has wheels i cannot see them lasting too long.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 05-20-2018 02:49 AM

GRATZ Mark on your new arrival …..I would have had to mount and turn something …. as soon as it was set up …. LOL …. I NEVER seen one with wheels ….. GRATZ :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 05-20-2018 02:57 AM

Good Luck on your new toy ah, tool.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Boxguy

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#5 posted 05-20-2018 03:23 AM

Mark, have fun. I have been doing some turning this past week. I am not too good at it. Keep your tools sharp. Enjoy the baby.

I have a Jet model and set it up by myself, but i was a younger man and used the forks on my tractor to lift it out of the truck and to hold up the lathe bed while I bolted on the legs. My trusty Kubota also lifted everything up while I added the wheels.

Happy turning.

-- Big Al in IN

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lew

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#6 posted 05-20-2018 03:24 AM

Mark,
From one turner to another- You Suck! and I mean that in the kindest way!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 05-20-2018 05:14 AM

John: When my back stops being seized up, I’ll be all over it. I’m hoping my mojo, or something like it, was in the box.
Rob: 1) The SS is in the back yard. If anyone wants it, and wants to come get it, I’ll fairly give it away. B) You know what they look like. Also: The wheels are necessary. This beast is HEAVY. It’s also shorter than the SS, which means I have versatility in positioning it. If/when these wheels give out ($60 w/nuts and washers at HD – who knew they’d be that costly?), I guess I’ll put out for the ones that were made for it ($70? at Woodcraft – VIMH was all that’s way too much). These are pretty sturdy, though.
Tony: Gratz is a town in Austria. It was dinner time when I was done setting it up. After dinner, I mounted a stick of Camphor between centers and went to town on it until my back spazzed out and I nearly went to the floor. The wheels are necessary – the machine weighs in at around 350lbs (may as well be 1000, in my condition), and I have to be able to move it around.
Tom: Thanks. I know you mean it.
Al: This is my first “real” lathe. Just over the last half-hour or so, I’ve felt like a total newbie. It’s an amazing machine. Where’ve you been all my life, baby?
Lew: You’re too kind. You know what it cost less than? A twenty-two foot section of block wall in the back yard. That’s what decided it for me. I made up my mind on the block wall by saying “I’ve been broke before, and got over it.” With the lathe, it was, “So, I get a little closer to broke on something I actually want.” You don’t want to know how close I came to putting out for a Galaxi.
Oh, the quietness and the smoothness and the craftsmanship of it. I’ll actually be able to hear the radio while using this thing.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 05-20-2018 05:23 AM

OK Mark now read this again as you hobble around with a sore back The instructions said that setup would require two people. It’s not true, really. Maybe true after all?

We have already lost yet another LJ recently so may I ask that you do not add to the list please.
Plus who is going to do the Uber driving work if you cannot even get in your car?

Pictures?

-- Regards Rob

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 05-20-2018 11:53 AM

Mark, congratulations!! You will love that machine! Besides that head, those cast legs weigh a bunch too. I put mine under my old craftsman lathe. I have an electric hoist in the barn and used that to lift the head and ways up on my lathe station. I’ll bet you were hurting!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 05-20-2018 01:35 PM

Nice to see the lathe unboxed, I already to hear and see some great stories coming our way, Put an large off center piece of wood on and some fast music, turn it on and with the wheels on it you can dance around the room with it and develop a real close relationship. That will loosen up your back.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 05-20-2018 11:11 PM

Yeah, Jim, I’m fairly well crippled up today.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 05-22-2018 11:52 PM

I cannot imagine what may have happened to you Mark but wish you a speed recovery!

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 06-01-2018 07:10 AM

Mark, all I can say is enjoy buddy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Mark Wilson

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#14 posted 06-01-2018 08:19 AM

Yeah, Tony. I’m working on a Maple bowl, right now. The swiveling headstock means I can hollow it out (that is, I have hollowed it out) standing upright, and the reversibility means I can work from the other side of my brain, so to speak, as well as the other – sharper, little-used – side of the tool. I’m dealing with some cracks, at present. I should have it done in a few days. It’s an amazing machine. And, don’t even get me started on the way it can go as slow as 100RPM and as fast as 3500RPM, all without any wiggling. A whole new level of seriousness can take place with this bad boy that I could never dream of with the SS.
Rob, wonder no more. I blew my back out moving the SS out and setting up the Nova. I may get over it, eventually. My worry, as I get older, is that I may reach the point where my back blows out and stays blown.

-- Mark

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Grumpy

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#15 posted 06-01-2018 11:08 PM

Mark, I can relate to the bad back Buddy. Mine sent me to hospital last Monday. Now on powerful drugs.
Now you will be able to do bigger bowls With your rotating stock.
You won’t be limited to the depth of the bed, only vibration and nervousness, LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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