|Project by FloridaArt||posted 04-09-2013 01:05 AM||2329 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
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