I GOT A LATHE! ........ sort of

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Project by scrappy posted 07-07-2009 04:56 AM 2124 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All! I finnaly got a lathe! wooo hoo! Well sort of. My neighbor and I were talking the other day about what I was working on now. that one of these days I would like to get a lathe. He says he has one been sitting in the garage for the last 6 years and if I want I can set it up in my shop. WELL HECK YEAH!

It is a 12×41 spindle lathe by Craftsman. 1/2 HP motor, belt drive. He had 5 gouges/scrapers with it so I have tools to use also! Does not have a chuck or mount plate for turning bowls (YET) but if I can get it between the spindle mounts I can turn it.

Have not touched a lathe in about 20 years so had to re-learn what not to do. ( wood chips everywhere in the garage now) Practiced on a couple of 6in long 2×2s that were all I had that wasn’t 3/4 thick or less. Decided to glue up a couple of pieces of walnut and birch from pallets that I had and turned the 2 ceiling fan pull chain fobs last night.. ( wife thinks I can make christmass ornaments for presents this year. We will see)

This afternoon I remembered that I had a piece of fire wood stashed that we had gotten from my sister in law for coasters. (See this project) got that out and VERY carfully sliced it into pieces short enough for me to play/prctice on.

The first piece I tried to get to look like an acorn. The second one is kinda like a old style be hive ( from the OLD cartoons) Third one was supposed to be another acorn but looks more like a plant pot upside down.

Drilled 1 1/2inch holes for the small votive candles in them and called them prctice pieces. The wife claimed all 3. She is happy so I am happy.

They are all 3 Aromatic Cedar. About 4 inch diam. and 4 inch tall.( bee hive only 3 inch tall)

Please leave all comments and critiques as I am just learning and would like to improve.

Thank You all for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 07-07-2009 04:59 AM

There’s no turning back now!!

Great looking assortment of turnings!

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

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#2 posted 07-07-2009 05:10 AM

Looks like you’re having fun already. I’m guessing you’ll probably be making some turned rings to go with all the non-turned ones you’ve made.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 07-07-2009 05:18 AM

look what “turned up” hey Scrappy good deal you get to use a lathe with out buying it. I like all you projects it doesn’t look like it’s been 20 years since you have turned.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 07-07-2009 07:49 AM

You can have a great time hollowing out those tree ornaments ;-)) wouldn’t want to weight the branches down!! They look pretty good from here. What don’t you do when you start turning?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 07-07-2009 08:00 AM

Congrats on the new toy !!!! I love playing around on my lathe…wish I had more time to just goof off on it.

-- Don S.E. OK

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Marian Neagu

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#6 posted 07-07-2009 08:35 AM

Great job, man!

-- Marian Neagu - Targoviste, Romania

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#7 posted 07-07-2009 12:19 PM

“hey.. where’s scrappy”.... “with his lathe”... “again”... hehehe

I’d be scooping these up as well. They are beautiful. Congrats on the “tool storage” opportunity

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 07-07-2009 12:23 PM

They turned out nicely lol (couldn’t resist)
the laminations look nice. i have yet to try anything like that

good score too!
PS. are the chisels HSS? (high speed steel)

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#9 posted 07-07-2009 02:09 PM

Don’t get turned around, get yourself a faceplate either from sears or from Penn State or, or, know what your spindle size iswhen you order, it is probably standard on craftsman lathes. Later when you better you will want a chuck and other goodies. But start with what you have and practice, practice, practice. Thats the best advice I got, that and take a course or join a guild, but practice is the best advice I can give and safety. Get a good shield, I don’t wear gloves, some do, resperator, hearing protection. Be smart don’t get distracted while turning, if someone tries talking to you finish what you are doing, shut down, then talk.

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

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#10 posted 07-08-2009 01:45 AM

Thanks for all the great comments (and jokes) everyone. The are appreciated.

Broda, The tools are Craftsman brand name and have a heat discoloration near the tips, so they have either been heat treated or over heated when sharpened. I have had to sharpen them and the main thing I was turning is cedar so I don’t think they are that good. Will be trying to get a set of good ones for myself soon.

MsDebbieP, I did not spend ALL weekend at the lathe. ( most of it just playing ) These project only took about 1 hour each piece.

Yes my wife is a work shop widdow. That is why she gets al least the first of everything I attempt.

Thanks again for all the comments.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 02-27-2010 08:06 AM

cool work with the lathe…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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