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Project by FloridaArt posted 379 days ago 1223 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

April, 2013 – Many thanks to “Sawdust Tom” who discovered this previously owned lathe listed in his wood turner club’s For Sale list. I am the happy new owner of a Jet 6-speed mini-lathe with stand. Here are photos of it, after I cleaned it up.

On the first day it became very clear that a tool caddy would come in very handy. First I made a wood “beam” between the struts, using existing bolt holes. Then I fabricated a piece of 3/8-inch plywood to fit. The plywood is about 33-inches wide by 16-inches front to back.

There is a lip around the edge to keep tools from rolling off. In the rear on the right is a thicker piece of wood to hold tools upright. I had some cherry-red paint, which matches the red in the Jet logo, so I used it over primer.

Time will tell how useful this is. I have not had a lathe in about ten years, and I really wanted a mini lathe like this. I’m looking forward to making knobs for my band saw boxes, some pens, and maybe some other small objects.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 379 days ago

Nice setup, looks great add woodchips. (laughing)

I have two suggestions from my own experience.

1. You have one open slot, having been given a extra five chisels by my Father and another mini lathe I thought a drawer with 7 extra slots was enough. I had to make more room, for both the lathe and the tools.

2. The space under this lathe BEGS for a nice cabinet. (laughing) To store all those various pen kits, supplies etc etc.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 379 days ago

Good job : )
There is one of those lathes in the local Craigslist for $175 with turning tools included. How much was yours ?
thanks : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 379 days ago

Nice one!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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thelt

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#4 posted 379 days ago

Very Very nice! I think this idea will work on my Delta variable speed midi lathe too. The stand it’s on is very much like the one on your Jet.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 379 days ago

Nice set-up, Man I so have to get a lathe.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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eugenie

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#6 posted 379 days ago

Great idea, and I like that it matches. I have always wanted to try woodturning.

-- Eugenie Woodcraft

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Roger

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#7 posted 378 days ago

Nice setup

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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BarbS

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#8 posted 378 days ago

I like the lip on the edge… I have a similar board under my mini and am continually picking stuff off the floor that I’ve set too near the edge. Mine’s also too short for my height, so a new cabinet or stand is in this summer’s plans!
Thank you for the idea.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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