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#1 posted 12-15-2012 04:54 PM

Hey Ghost Pirate. I’ve got that one, and it’s actually a great small lathe. It’s a clone of the JET, and is compatible with the other JET clone lathes with similar specs (PSI, Rockler, etc.).

With the basic accessories that come with the lathe + a set of turning tools (and something to sharpen them, right?), you CAN do spindle turning (as lew points out) and small bowls with the face plate.

For the face plate, you need to make a sacrificial block to which you attach your bowl blank with glue or double sided tape.

This got tiresome, so I bought a 4 jaw chuck from PSI. I’ve subsequently also bought a better live center for the tailstock (the 60 degree cone one), a drill chuck, and a set of drive centers. Of these, the 4 jaw chuck has been the most useful, followed by the drill chuck, then cone live center.

I also made a little organizer for the tools that attaches to the back of the lathe.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."


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