My First Lathe Project

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Project by Joseph Crivelli posted 12-08-2009 09:22 PM 3415 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally broke done and took some pictures of my JET JWL-1220vs, the stand I made, and my first 2 projects.

The table lamp and the bowl are made from maple.


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#1 posted 12-08-2009 09:31 PM


Nice start in turning; My first lathe was the older non- variable speed Jet mini, it was a great lathe to learn on. I look forward to your future projects.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 12-08-2009 09:56 PM

Very nice start Joseph, always good to see the beginning of someones education in woodworking or turning. Look forward to many more pieces from you.

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#3 posted 12-08-2009 10:21 PM

Well you are off to a start …no going back now.

It was almost a year ago, I was where you are now…... Posted my first turning project in February of this year…. When look back at it now I can see how far I have come in this past year…... Turning is a lot of fun, but does take some time to learn tool control and such….... Just keep practiceing…. Like Leo said !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 12-08-2009 10:32 PM

Very nive job. You are off to a great start. Will look forward to more posts from the lathe.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 12-08-2009 11:31 PM

That’s a good lathe to get started one but I think you will be looking for a variable speed one after you do much turning. Turning at high speed and then slowing down for sanding can casue a lot of belt changing.

Good turning!!!!!!!


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

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#6 posted 12-09-2009 12:12 AM

Great work for a first attempt. I really mean that.Most people have trouble with finishing from early attempts try to go through the grades of abrasives, and don’t just use heavy grit paper, and might I suggest you might ease up on the varnish. Through time you will see the aesthetic beauty of woodworking/woodturning with other methods of finishing which my 2 cents allows I suggest will look more natural , and therefore more pleaseing .Great beginnnings you’ll do well I hope my advice is not taken as criticism as it’s not meant to be I admire your early efforts.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 12-09-2009 04:13 AM

I believe a lathe is one man’s best friend (four legs, a tail, etc…). Addictive and very satisfying too.




-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 05:13 AM

Great projects. I ordered a Jet 1220vs on Black Friday from Rockler (15% off) and will get it here maybe next week. How do you like your new lathe so far. A lot of money to spend on a lathe but I hope it is worth it….

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#9 posted 12-09-2009 02:50 PM

welcome to the addicting world of turning. For those of us who enjoy inatant gratification, this is the tool to give it to you. Now granted for the most part it is instant gratification, but there are several projects that are not. Segmented turnings is an example of one. I taught myself to turn and have been doing it for almost 3 yrs now. I know woodcraft and rockler have turning classes. If you have not taken any I suggest you try 1 or 2. Pen turtning is an easy way to learn proper tool handling and positioning as well as finishes on a lathe. You can also get all kinds of free advise right on LJ. I found the best advise I recieved was, ” ride the bevel.” The bevel of your tool that is. I Look forward to checking out your future works of art.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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Joseph Crivelli

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#10 posted 12-09-2009 03:08 PM

Jim Jakosh- This is the VS version of this lathe. 5 different speed ranges. belt changing is quick.
Scotsman – Thank you! I learned the value of constructive criticism early in my Army career.
Serge – I agree. I also have two lively man’s-best-friends.
Hacksaw007 – I took 8 months to decide on this lathe. I love it. The 20” bed is a bit longer than the new Delta Midi. It easily takes an 18” piece. Good power.
Rodd – I wish Long Island, NY had a Woodcraft or Rockler where I could take classes and buy stuff.


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