|Project by JL7||posted 05-10-2010 12:22 AM||3343 views||7 times favorited||14 comments|
First post – first lathe…....I traded 6 (pretty nice) boards for the lathe. It’s a beginners lathe, but very well built by Record in England. It is new, but has been stored in the boxes for 10 years or so.
You can also tell I’m new to turning becasue the chisels are all from the same set…..I predict that will change soon.
The bench top is made from recycycled maple bowling lane. I stripped the old spiral nails out of the bowling lane and glued it back up nice and tight. Trimmed it out with Lacewood, which I happen to have an abundant supply of, plus I love the look of this stuff.
The base is made out of good ole construction grade 2×4’s, that I cleaned up a bit and all joints are mortise and tenon. The long stringers are held in place with 1/2” x 6” hex bolts and the nuts are mortised into the bottom of the stinger. The short stringers are pegged. The two shelves are made from short pieces of 3” maple tongue and groove flooring.
I have 250# of sand weighting the bench down and it’s pretty stable. I might make something to cover the front to hide the sandbags and keep the chips out…...
Looking for any advise on good resources for a beginner in turning. I have a four jaw chuck on order and will be interested in turning small bowls and such. I have alot of very hard exotic wood and I’m sure there are going to be hard lessons to learn if I don’t get some good advice….....
I will appreciate your feedback!
-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA