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Lathe of your Dreams

by terryR
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#1 posted 661 days ago

|I have never had a typical wood lathe. My dad ran his own turning business for 60 years. |We had production lathes. One was a cam operated lathe for small items like golf tees and wooden beads. One was a matison multi spindle progressive that was only set up once for spindles because the knives were cost prohibitive. The most consistently used in the beginning were two converted Atlas metal lathes. these made parts from 1/2”x1/2” to 5”x34”. The “big” lathe was a converted American metal lathe with an Atlas head for speed that could do 24” diameter and 8’ between centers up to 16 feet with a tagged tail stock. Two of the post blanks turned on this machine weighed over a ton. I still have one of the Atlas lathes. I got into metal working to keep his shop in jigs and fixtures for production runs and updating his equipment. I am looking to build a lathe from scratch somewhat like the Laguna but with some potential add ons. I hope to incorporate longitudinal Rose engine work by oscillating the crossfeed instead of rocking the spindle and tail stock. Pinning the headstock to the longitudinal feed is also in the plan like the legacy machine for spiral work. My profile picture is of my dad in front of the “big” Lathe.

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#2 posted 661 days ago

REO, that’s awesome! 16 feet between centers…sounds like a ton of chips!

I’d love to see photos of your built lathe as you get started..lots of good blogs in that project!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#3 posted 661 days ago

I probably have a lot of silly questions, like….are most lathes powered by 110? And how many speeds are needed? assuming one is turning chunks of firewood type material from time to time, is there an ideal moisture level? I wont let all the questions out at once, but I do have tons.

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#4 posted 660 days ago

REO i bet those chisels/gouges for that big lathe must have been the size of slicks. probably a 4” roughing gouge. lol

I currently have 3 lathes. 2 vintage belt drive bench top lathe’s and a powermatic 90 that i have to get working and all the parts still. Cant wait to get the PM90 up and running so i can do some nice bowls and bigger things.

No most lathes aren’t powered by 110. there are also 220 and 3 phase. All depends on size and intended use.
My old belt drive lathes only have 4 speeds via a 4 step pulley. the new electronic variable speed lathes have a lot more.
I’d say you need at least 3 speeds.

You can turn green wood or dry wood. doesn’t matter too much as far as i know. If its green when you turn it the shape will change significantly as it dries. You would leave it bigger or oversized let it dry then turn it to final shape. risks with doing that are it may crack and be ruined while drying. Dry wood is harder on the tools to turn and can splinter apart while turning. I’ve been turning mostly firewood and sometimes it will start out seeming like it’s dry and when i get a few inches in it’s wet.
I’m still learning about it so i may be corrected about this and has just been my short experience.

I’m looking into fabbing my own carbide cutter tools like the EWTs. Seems it would be easy enough to do and would be 1/4-1/3 the cost.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#5 posted 660 days ago

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Radius-Carbide-Insert-Cutter-for-Woodworking-Chisels-like-Easy-Wood-Tool-Ci

I’d like to make my own carbide cutters as well and have been looking at
Ebay for the cutters like the one above.

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#6 posted 660 days ago

some good info here

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#7 posted 660 days ago

I have a Nova 3000 Lathe, with Nova Super Chuck. I also have the variable speed attachment for the motor, so I can run between 0 & about 3300 RPM with just the twist of a dial. I also have a Sherline Mini Lathe dedicated to making pens. I have lathes for the past 10-12 years and am just now getting into turning seriously.

Waho60o9 if you are looking for carbide cutters or tools check out Captain Eddie’s site – http://eddiecastelin.com/fallblowoutsale

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#8 posted 660 days ago

Thanks for the link to Captain Eddie’s Bill.
The products look of good quality and the
prices are reasonable.

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#9 posted 660 days ago

Have a jet 1642, love the EVS at time bought only lathe with EVS in my price range and still 110V. I do not see me buying new lathe unless this one dies. Current prices for this lathe too high whether 110V or 220V model.

My dream lathe would require bigger shop and access to 220V power supply. Wish list is endless, Oneway, Vicmarc just a couple lathes worth mentioning. If going by what could afford this might be it.

http://rikontools.com/productpage_70-450.htm
http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2082335/32793/rikon-20x37-woodfast-lathe-model-70425.aspx

-- Bill

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#10 posted 660 days ago

For those that haven’t seen the catalog image of the 62’, 32” swing 1919 No. 18 Oliver patternmaker’s lathe that was made specially for the US Government, here it is. 44 factory hands lined up behind it shoulder to shoulder:

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#11 posted 660 days ago

Whoa, this looking and sounding expensive. Do any of you guys that turn stuff, sell any of the items? I usually do some commission work, as time permits to off set tool and lumber costs. So I guess it would be nice to be able to sell stuff, when/if my skillz would allow it. If one is not using firewood or self harvested stuff, seems like the blanks and big chunks would be pretty spendy.

Bottom line, can a guy be up and running for a grand on 110 power w/accessories and tools that will allow for some growth and maybe still meet some long term unforseen needs? I would like to do handles, mallets, bowls and skill permitting segmented turnings.

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#12 posted 660 days ago

Captain Eddie’s got some good videos on you tube too. His link is one of the many in the thread i linked to. From the prices and stock i’ve been looking into i’ll probably just go through Captain Eddie to get my stuff any way.

ShaneA – Depends on how quickly you wanna be up and running. Buying all new, if you start with a midi lathe you can but you would be limited in the size of your bowl. Maybe a get an 8” bowl.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#13 posted 660 days ago

Look at Stephen Mines lathe under Reciprocated Columns, or if you really want a new lathe to drool over
look at Ray Lawler of Raytown, Mo’s new version of the Holtzapffel lathe, I have wanting one of these since
reading about them in a Popular Science magazine. They were only $8,000 each in 1974. For now my
dream lathe is the one I have a 1950’s era Rockwell/Delta 39-6242 with the compound slide rest and sanding
table accessories. I still have to hook up the 3 phase Varidrive that came with the lathe, but one of these days.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 660 days ago

I am able to use skews, gouges and scrapers, and I have. the size of the lathe has nothing to d with the size of the cutting tool. The turning on the converted lathes was done with a tool bit sharpened for wood cutting and the cross feed screw was replaced with a lever. on the back side of the cross feed there is a follower finger that traces the template. In this way we could exactly duplicate an existing turning or make thousands that were identical from one run to the next. The “big” lathe was not 16 feet between centers. We would bolt a headstock down to the floor outboard of the lathe bed, turn one half and then flip the turning end for end to do the balance. We would clamp a skill saw in the cross feed and turn the column pretty slow,45-60 rpm.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49YzhwCKub0&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PycgbO4tK0&feature=plcp
http://i3.ytimg.com/vi/Z1sf00vxB3M/mqdefault.jpg
These are not very good but they give you an idea of what I am used to for equipment. My dad modified the two Atlas lathes in the early 1940’s with rolling grip clutches so they don’t have to be turned off to stop the material. Many times we wouldn’t shut the lathe down accept for lunch and going home and as you can see in the one video o some runs we could load and unload with the spindle running engaged. In the one video the tool holder is turned around backwards. On the back end of the tool there is a carbide insert. I use this when the customer supplies natural edge blanks or there is no fine detail in the finished part. The cutting edge lasts much longer. For the epee handles and guards I get 60-80 pieces on plain tool steel cutters before sharpening.

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#15 posted 660 days ago

Bill, Thanks for the link to Eddie’s site…prices look good to me! I’m still waiting to see how long my FIRST set of carbide cutters will last…but something says stock up now…

Ken, that Oliver is insane! :)

^My dream lathe for bowls…Vicmarc with 3hp…claims to hold 500 pound blanks…heavy on the pocketbook, however, around $8000…

Shane, you can definately get going for a grand! How good are ya at sharpening chisels? I see sets of vintage turning chisels on fleaBay all the time dirt cheap…I mean, $20+ shipping for a handful of old rusties…they just need some TLC! And, if you are willing to get by without fancy features…like indexing of the head stock, or VS…you should see lathes at Woodcraft or Rockler for less than $500. Just add fancy jaws or chucks later as you can afford.
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-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#16 posted 660 days ago

Shane, let me know when you’re ready to buy. I’ve been doing much research on lathes and I can pretty much tell you all about what’s out there now. CL sucks around here, doesn’t it?
I just ordered the Delta 46-460 today. I got it for 659$, free shipping. If you want that one, you won’t find it under 679$ so google the model and choose an older Amazon ad. They don’t always clean up the older prices and you can save bucks that way.

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#17 posted 660 days ago

I would probably lack the confidence to buy used power equipment, unless it was some sort of an amazing deal, that I probably wouldn’t even be able to tell. So I will probably look new.

Since I have the WS 3000 and a combo waterstone, I “should” be set up to sharpen. I am probably going to have to get a video or some books, to study up. Space will be the biggest obstacle, other than not knowing what the hell I am doing, of course. Looking forward to see some turnings Russ.

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#18 posted 660 days ago

Shane, I still have some shopping to do or I’ll be turning with a sharp flathead screw driver. I watched a guy do a 18 inch walnut bowl on video and he just used some cheap tools and kept going to the grind stone to give them a sharpen once in a while.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#19 posted 660 days ago

Hell’s Yeah!!! I’m just getting back to the lathe, trying to get my skills back; translated, “catch city”. I started my lathe with the chuck key in today. Not good. I’m making a kaleidoscope for a lady at work that’s a freak about them; must have 100 in her office. Here’s a cool pen I made after I killed the .50 set.
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If anyone is going to make a .50 pen from Penn State, you have to LEAVE the tube behind the turning. I trimmed it all the way down, thinking I was clever. Now I have a .50 casing with a cool bushing in it.
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Here’s my setup for drilling the shaft (lol):
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I used a piece of tinted, stabilized elm burl. I love this stuff b/c you never know what you’re going to get until the wheels stop turning. Took it to 3000 grit. I finished this one with 1/2lb shellac and some black Briwax. I figured the black would fill in any defects, but there weren’t a whole lot of them.
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It’s a really cool kit…a no-brainer. This one’s for a gun nut pal at work. I use the lathe for 1) mallets and chisel handles, and 2) gifts. It’s fun to knock out a quick gift in an hour or so. Thanks for looking! al

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#20 posted 660 days ago

Looks good Al, that little pen has a lot going on in terms of detail. Do most of these pen kits come with a pen that writes fairly well?

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#21 posted 660 days ago

I am happy you started this topic I am sure we will see lots of cool things. I will search for some pictures for the lathe of my dreams. I can tell you up front it is gold in color More to come.

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#22 posted 660 days ago

Although I really like turning, and I’m not all that bad at it I have to say my lathe is the one of only 2 tools I’m actually fully content with the other being my drill press.
I’ve got a 20 year older version of the delta lathe Gus wants. It has a 36×11” bed which will do me fine for a long while, I have the sanding station with 9” disk and angle adjustable table, 2 grinding disc/polishing wheel attachments, a drill chuck, 2 regular mounting plates and a 3rd with reverse thread for work off the bench. The bench is factory so the old iron bed is really heavy and the original 2×6s feel more like oak then pine, it’s also designed to be bolted to the floor if need be. Only things that I’d really like with it is a 3 or 4 jaw chuck and a bigger motor, the chuck is planned on for next year a bigger motor only if something shows up cheap on craigslist.
The factory upgrade to 16 speeds from the stock 4 and the original steady rest that goes on the floor would be nice things to add as well, although it looks mostly like a music stand with a rest stuck in the top.

Al, I have to ask what that table or bench is that you are working with or is that your shop floor?

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#23 posted 660 days ago

Not necessarily dreamy, but my lathe. Price was dreamy: free from a friend.

Someday I’ll learn how to use it. Maybe tuning into this thread will help. Thanks, Terry!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#24 posted 660 days ago

Really nice pen Al. I think i’m gonna have to get some of them. Don’t remember seeing those back when i used to do pens 15 years ago.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#25 posted 660 days ago

My dream lathe is a Oneway 2436 with 3HP motor. It is moderately priced at $6481 according to their site.
I fugure I should have the money saved up by the time I retire in 26 years.

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#26 posted 660 days ago

I’ve got one similar to Smitty’s. I’ve tuned into this thread to determine what my next one may be. Although the old craftsmans does everything I need for now. Mine was $100, including some so-so cutters.

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#27 posted 660 days ago

Don, that’s dreamy! It’d match my other Craftsman stationary tools! If you ever replace it, it’s got a home here.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#28 posted 660 days ago

Love those vintage lathes! I’d love to have one in the shop…but I sure as heck don’t have the mechanical skills to keep it running. Guess I could just park it somewhere for cool looks like Smitty is doing! :)

You guys, how difficult is it to turn these fancy pens? I mean, do you have to own the pen press, tube insertion tool, and other specialty jigs? For anyone that has turned many pens…how many do ya screw up? Just the first few, and never again?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#29 posted 660 days ago

Ive got a Cman metal lathe just like the one Don posted. Its been collecting dust for 3 years now. I dont even know how to turn the thing on nevermind make it work. If youre even on the east coast of New england Smit … shes all yours ;)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#30 posted 660 days ago

I have the Delta 46-460 currently, which I am still growing into that machine. My dream lathe would probably be a Oneway.

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#31 posted 660 days ago

Well I’ve been away for awhile…I come back and there is another sweet thread started that I just HAVE to follow! Thanks for this one Terry!

I don’t know jack about lathes, other than I want one. My dad bought one a few years back and if I recall he loved turning, but for some reason didn’t like the lathe that he got. Something about it being too small and that he had problems with vibration? I’ll have to ask him about it again, maybe it would save someone here from a bad purchase…or maybe someone here can explain what he’s doing wrong!

Until such day that I get a lathe, I’ll just keep on dreaming about this guy:

Damn that Roy Underhill for “turning” me on to the Barnes lathe…

-- Jason K

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#32 posted 660 days ago

Jason, that’s sweet!!!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#33 posted 659 days ago

I’ve come across a few treadle lathes around my neck of the woods, but didn’t know enough about them to buy. One I’ve got my eye on is a combo scroll saw/lathe. $300, as is…I want it, but like I said, don’t know jack about it!

-- Jason K

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#34 posted 659 days ago

Terry, as someone who has just gotten into it I didn’t find the pens too hard to jump into.
Initial cost was more then I liked even cheaping out, I found that spare tubes, a couple of pen kits, a properly sized drill bit, a facing tool which needs it’s own bit, a mandrel, proper bushings and the woodcraft finishing kit were all necessary. The finishing kit has 2 different glues that are needed to glue the tubes as well as finish and was cheaper then the parts. I think total I coughed up about 75.00 just to make the first two pens and that was just to make one style, additional pen styles may need a different drill bit size and different bushings so an extra 10-15 per style.

I do use hand screw clamps to secure the blanks vs a buying a special vise and it gets everything so close to center the grain structure still follows. I have a tiny bench vise that does a good job of the assembly so no special press needed, mine does have plastic jaws. I have bucket loads of turning blanks previously known as cutoffs so I’m still good there and the regular lathe chisels have worked fine vs buying shorter, smaller specific tools. I also didn’t screw up and need a spare tube till my 3rd pen but my first pen was fatter then a slimline should be both top and bottom and the second was ebony which I find can be turned rather easily without catching or tearing.

Jason, I don’t think I’d ever want that lathe to actually work at though the belly could use the help. Nicely restored like that would be really nice to have sitting in the shop as eye candy.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#35 posted 659 days ago

derosa – yeah, that thing would take some serious effort, though its cooler than cool! I think that I may go electron powered for my lathe, only because I’m lazy…I ripped 8ft of 2×8 the other day by hand and I think I lost 10 lbs…

-- Jason K

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#36 posted 659 days ago

I never had a desire to turn pens until I saw Al’s recent rendition. I would like to do some bowls some day though.

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#37 posted 659 days ago

OK, I have so many questions, and dont even think I have all the terms right…

What is the main difference from the Grizzly lathe that costs like $600 vs the Jet lathe at $1,400. Sorry I dont have the model #s, since I am at work, at need to be doing other stuff. It looks like the headstock rotates on the Grizzly and has more hp, digital readout…both come on cast iron stands. Lot of price difference between the two. I am not a “grizzly guy” per se, but I know they offer the bang for the buck…I really dont know crap about lathes, so I am just trying to take it all in. Also, is the rotating head stock a must or good feature? thanks for all the help.

Also, I think I saw a forum the other day that asked about book recommendations…anyone have some good books or videos that are a must?

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#38 posted 659 days ago

Shane, I would highly recommend Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Turning by Richard Raffan. It explains some of the terms you may struggle with now…plus after you get your lathe…he shows step by step how to turn different shapes.

I bought a couple of books and read online for a year before I finally bought a lathe! The hardest part is predicting which features you’ll want down the road so you don’t have buy a newer model! :)

I have a few big Grizzlys…bandsaw…jointer…disc sander…and love them, but I read a mediocre review of their model lathe with digital readout here on LJ…G0462.

And I had decided I wanted indexing abilities built in to the head stock…I don’t have the tools or skills to use that function now, but I will next year! That model Grizzly doesn’t offer indexing…so I looked elsewhere.

To ME, the variable speed was high on my want list…that’s how I ended up with my model. I love being able to switch from chisel to pencil and back to chisel just by turning the little speed control knob. To others that may seem meaningless…

Hopefully others will chime in with more advice…but I think choosing a first lathe is difficult! Take your time, bro. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#39 posted 659 days ago

OK Guys, I want you to meet the lathe of my dreams. There simply is no finer lathe made today this one is massive. Unless your making your own lather this one is the real deal IMHO. The Powermatic 4224b

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#40 posted 659 days ago

I have an older Craftsman lathe, spent $90 when it was new! Fan on the motor (plastic) is trash. I’m running with the cover off the motor housing to keep things cool. Bed is a “T” shape, two pieces get me to 37” long. Just a drive spur, and a “Dead ” center. Lots of table legs over the years. Lately, though, a different sort of thing is going on….

I use mainly the four chisel set that came with the lathe. I also have a few others from other sources. In the process of moving the shop to a smaller location. Make a stand for this lathe, hang a “Shop-lite” over it, and back in “business”.

New Lathe??? Maybe a H-F one…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#41 posted 659 days ago

This is the lathe that I am currently using. A ShopSmith 10ER
Not my dream lathe but it works for me.

For those wanting to turn a bowl you can make a bowl from a board if you don’t have a bowl blank. That link shows a simple bowl from a board but more complex ones can be made using similar techniques.

I mostly use carbide cutters mounted to 1/2” square stock when turning.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#42 posted 659 days ago

Thanks Terry, I will look into that book. I need to study up, and gain some more knowledge. I am intrigued by lathes/turning, so there is lots to learn.

I could see how the pen thing would be fascinating, looks like lots of doo dads and accessories in general are involved. Kind of another money pit : )

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#43 posted 659 days ago

I know at first when you look at projects like pens for an example. One can easily see how it could nickle and dime you to death. It can if you let it or if your the type who wants all the neat gagets.

All you need is the pen Mandrel, a good 7mm drill bit, the bushings for which ever pen you wish to make. The pen vise, and all the other goodies you can do without. To drill the blanks I just use a old twin screw hand clamp and my woodworking vise to assemble them…... Of course a good finish for them.

You can get pen kits, Slimline for 3 bucks or less. They do make great gifts and I have sold many for 20.00 each to just fund buying more pen kits and finishing supplies. How many times do we get a pretty piece of wood that is just to small to do much but just make a pen….

I was just like everyone else and had my lathe for 4 years before I broke down and got a few kits and never regretted it. My girls even enjoy making pens to give to their teachers for x-mas and b-days. Not many projects out there we can make for less than 5 bucks a piece…... Here is a pic of a future woodworker, the smile says it all….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#44 posted 659 days ago

Thanks for the tip on Captain Eddie, I like the Easy wood tools but if I can make the same thing with a $15 cutter and a piece of square steel I may try that one day.

I bought a vintage Craftsman “pipe lathe”? I’m still learning but it seems to work ok.

I’m with Carguy on foot powered lathes but I actually dream of making a Springpole lathe one day! Hey who couldn’t use a little exercise, and if you can combine it with your woodworking hobby all the better.

Shane, I just PM’ed you something.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#45 posted 659 days ago

Thanks Mauricio, I will give it a good reading so maybe I can actually ask legitimate questions now. I am on a quest to gather the knowledge…

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#46 posted 659 days ago

Jason, I really like that Barnes lathe… I wouldn’t mind one either.

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#47 posted 659 days ago

Oneway puts most other lathes out there to shame. But they ain’t cheap !

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#48 posted 659 days ago

I don’t own a lathe, but I am interested in picking up a small one from CL to learn on.

Any advice on models or features to keep an eye peeled for?

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IsaacH

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#49 posted 659 days ago

Love my NOVA DVR…not the 3000 model, just the origional. Digitally controlled speed with compensation for work load, push button reversable, programable ramp up time, automatically stops when it senses a “hard catch”, 360 degree rotating headstock, 16” swing (when between centers….much larger with the headstock turned) and an unlimited distance between centers (but I only have 1 bed extension giving me a total of 44”.) If I remember correctly, when I bought it new from WC it was only $1600 in the box. For a wide range of applications and turning sizes its definitly the best lathe for the money in my opinion. I’ve used it on everything from pens and bottle stoppers up to a 28” bowl. Its also been the origin of a couple of baseball bats. NEVER failed to acomplish what has been asked of her! (yes my lathe is a her) :-)

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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#50 posted 658 days ago

Isaach, I have the same lathe. I also got the outboard setup and it is solid as a rock. I had one issue with mine and Customer Service and the repair place which at that time was in WV took care of me in a flash. Did you get the Ornamental Turner setup with yours?

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