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Project by Crushgroovin posted 03-31-2011 07:39 PM 1108 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After almost a week without a Lathe I couldn’t take it anymore! Luckily there was a passable Craftsman Variable Speed Lathe with Stand listed on CL for $175. Picked it up yesterday and completed my best bowl yet last night. It is spalted, quilted Western Big Leaf Maple. I had some issue sanding it but overall I like the shape and depth.

The Craftsman will do until I can find a good deal on a nice Jet or Powermatic. It has some quirks to it for sure. The spindle rattles a bit which gave me some issues keeping it spinning true and caused a chunk to come out while sanding. But still MUCH better than a Shopsmith or Harbor Freight.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!





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lew

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#1 posted 03-31-2011 07:45 PM

UUUMMMMM, Chocolate!!

Nice bowl!!

Lew

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

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Crushgroovin

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#2 posted 03-31-2011 07:58 PM

That Chocolate is AWFUL…........addictive!!! Like Frango’s with Candy Canes in them. Been stuck on them since we got Santa Pictures this year! It’s a Seattle thing from my Childhood when Fredrick & Nelson was THE spot for Christmas shopping. Too Bad they couldn’t compete with Nordstroms.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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sedcokid

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#3 posted 03-31-2011 09:33 PM

Once turning gets into your blood you are hooked, It is a good hobbie. Looks like you are getting quite a bit of equipment from CL, good luck on your continued shoping!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Eagle1

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#4 posted 03-31-2011 10:10 PM

nice bowl. I’m glad you are getting into turning.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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woodcrafter47

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#5 posted 03-31-2011 10:59 PM

Nice bowl, thanks for postuing it ,I too am in the process of turning a oak bowl. Will post it when finished.
sanding is not my forte either.

-- In His service ,Richard

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peteg

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#6 posted 03-31-2011 11:30 PM

looks like an awful lot of fun to be had here for $175, nice job well done :)
I know what you mean about a “rattle” spindel, my first lath was a Metalist which was a Eastern import I got cheaper (less than $100) as there were pieces missing, but once I got it under control I managed some realy nice pieces with it. Also made me appreciate the eventual update to my first Nova 3000, which has since also been updated to a DVR.
Hope a similar journey is in store for you Crushman

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Crushgroovin

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#7 posted 03-31-2011 11:42 PM

OMG I had just posted this when I got a call about a used 2 HP Jet JWL-1642EVS-2 with DRO and the works!! I am gonna have to skip my Darrell Peart class & sell the Domino I just got but I am gonna get my dream lathe for less than a Grizzly!!! Woo Hoo doing a jig all day long!!! I will post the details once I get it home.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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peteg

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 12:25 AM

Now that’shat you call “one happy chappie”, of course we will expect bigger & better things now :)))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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toyguy

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#9 posted 04-01-2011 02:09 AM

And another one bites the turning bullet…... welcome to the addiction. You will like the Jet. Much nicer machine to turn on than that craftsman you show…....... good luck.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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robert triplett

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#10 posted 04-01-2011 03:06 AM

At first I was happy for you and liked what you could do with the Craftsman lathe. Now I am here with my harbor freight lathe and I am no longer quite so Happy!! BUT, congratulations anyway. Hope to see some nice work soon. The bowl shows that is very probable.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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michelletwo

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#11 posted 04-01-2011 02:15 PM

Welcome to the vortex..get out your wallet & be prepared to start throwing $$$ away….

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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