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PSI Variable Speed Midi Lathe Conversion Kit

PSI Variable Speed Midi Lathe Conversion Kit

10-14-2009 08:27 PM by Chris Wright | 3 comments »

Here at the arts and Crafts Center we’ve been doing a lot of turning classes (mostly pen, but also the occasional bowl or bottle stopper) in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior program at Walter Reed and with the help of the local chapters of the American Association of Woodturners. Through them we’ve been able to have donated or loaned to the shop, lathes, chisels, chucks and other supplies. One of the lathes that was donated to the program was a Fisch Midi Lathe (essentially ...

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Great Beginners Lathe

Great Beginners Lathe

01-19-2012 09:37 PM by Troutsman | 11 comments »

I have been very impressed with this lathe. Although this review is based off of no other experience from any other lathes, I have to give it a high rating. It is by far the least expensive lathe on the market and with the famous 20% off discount from harbor freight can be bought for under $100. I picked mine up for $96 at our local harbor freight. This lathe has variable speed dial that is very convenient to work on your piece from turning, sanding, and finishing. I would recommend this l...

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Awesome little lathe (and bed extension)

Awesome little lathe (and bed extension)

07-23-2010 05:15 AM by John | 10 comments »

My shopsmith was a great intro into turning, but it was just way too short and I had to bend uncomfortably to use it. This lathe is set to the perfect height on a shop built bench. Bought it last year on sale at woodcraft – December I think – I believe they go on sale every winter, worth the wait. This little lathe has lots of power, is built like a rock and was thoughtfully designed including the tool caddy that hangs off the back of the headstock. Speed changes are quic...

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Bowl Making Machine

Bowl Making Machine

01-01-2012 08:56 PM by doug1980 | 5 comments »

I bought this lathe used 2 years ago from my neighbor who also turned bowls with it. It’s powerful and easy to use. It will turn up to 38” spindles and turn 15” bowls inboard and up to 20” bowls outboard. I have made about 100 bowls with it and the only issue was the cooling fan belt slipped off once, easy fix. The headstock and tailstock are aligned perfectly and it accepts all the popular accessories like other brands. It may not be a Jet or Nova, but it is buil...

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My new Penn State Lathe.

My new Penn State Lathe.

11-19-2008 02:29 AM by Karson | 16 comments »

I bought this lathe to make a cane for my Mother-in-Law. I had a small Ryobi lathe that I used for making pens but it only had around 16” length. Not enough room for a cane. I bought the variable speed version from Penn State Industries because I felt that it would be easier to use. It comes with a belt drive and a 3 step pulley. You can change the belt drive to change the speeds. The variable speed gives you a range within each of the pulley ranges. The motor is Motor: 1/2HP (650-38...

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First Lathe

First Lathe

02-07-2008 12:04 AM by dustynewt | 10 comments »

Let me start by getting the disclaimer out of the way. I am a novice when it comes to turning. I have turned a few chess sets and utility shop items in the past on borrowed lathes. I really love the meditative aspects of curling wood. So, when my wife was curious if we could possibly turn out some candle sticks (she was a professional candlemaker for 12 years) I rose to the occasion and did nothing to quell the creative brain storming. I lauded the benefits of the lathe and bombarded her wit...

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Awesome Bang for the Buck

Awesome Bang for the Buck

09-10-2011 02:48 AM by DurocShark | 7 comments »

I’ve had several lathes over the years, starting with the cheap HF stamped steel lathe (no MT in the headstock??), then the hundred buck HF mini lathe (great for pens), a PSI TurnCrafter Pro (just OK), and then a Delta 70-700 with the Reeves drive (noisy!) I sold the Delta recently to make space in my “shoparage”. It was a nice lathe but took a LOT of space. And since I mostly do small turnings it didn’t make sense to keep tripping over it. Once I got that sold, I f...

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I am disappointed

I am disappointed

10-20-2011 10:30 AM by MNgary | 17 comments »

While not, in my opinion, a professional level lathe this full-sized lathe is adequate for advanced hobbyists wanting to turn spindles longer than popular midi lathes allow and it does a nice job turning turning shallow bowls. I have not turned pens so do not know how it performs for that more precision task. Assembly is straightforward and waiting until the 170 pound lathe is placed in its final location before tightening the stand’s bolts allows installation on an uneven concrete ...

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Pretty good deal

Pretty good deal

01-25-2009 06:36 AM by peabody | 16 comments »

I want to start off by saying that for all spindle or pen work, this lathe is perfect, the adjustment speeds are great and it is a breeze to operate. The problem is that when you try to turn anything larger than about 3” the whole machine goes to crap. I broke my shop’s midi while turning a 3.5” bowl and I bent the shaft, meaning that nothing can be turned on it ever again. As long as you use this for smaller objects it will serve you well although if you plan on using it...

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Axminster AWVSWL 1200 / Laguna 1847

Axminster AWVSWL 1200 / Laguna 1847

10-26-2012 12:02 PM by AlexHarris | 9 comments »

So you may remember that in my last shop tour I gave a quick mention to my new lathe the Axminster AWVSWL1200 which appears to me to be the same as the Laguna1847. A few of you have asked me for more detail and what i think of the lathe so here it is! It was quite a long article so check it out on my website: thiswoodwork.com Here is the link: http://thiswoodwork.com/axminster-awvswl1200-laguna-1847/

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