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#1 posted 04-06-2012 03:11 AM

Just for Info…. I bought a Harbor Freight, aka Central Macnine 5 speed lathe the other day. Then I bought the extension bed for the Excelsior mini lathe from Rockler. Extension came in today, with free shipping, around $70 and fits the HF lathe like it was made for it. The extension is black, but the HF is green…until you flip them upside down and they have the same red-brown base coat paint. Also, FWIW the HF bed was milled and ground to a nicer finish that the Rockler extension. Don’t think it will matter much though. I took my Arkansas Oil Stone and run up and down on the bed of the extension and smoothed it out like it had been well used for some time. Probably didn’t take off enough to measure, but I see the bright spots where it smoothed out the bed a bit better.

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