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MattB43

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07-06-2015 09:50 PM

Also a bit of CL gloat – think i got a pretty solid deal.

http://imgur.com/a/65bkc

Picked this up over the weekend, older Jet mini lathe, with the extension and 3 sets of tools (although they all look like HF cheapies). Gave $100 for it, and it was missing the centers so I ran out to Woodsmith Store and picked those up, so with the center’s I’ve got $140 total in it.

Anyway I bought this with no real intent, but I like the idea of making a chess set so maybe I’ll try to tackle that.

Any suggestions on easy first projects or good youtube channels or anything to get started?


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 07-06-2015 09:58 PM

Cap’n Eddy is a good place to start. A great first project is tool handles. Do you have any files that don’t have handles? Go make some. They are easy and any handle you make will be better than no handle.

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 10:05 PM

Pens are pretty easy and fun. They make a good gift. I am a total turning noob, but have been able to learn a reasonable process for pen making. There are several YouTube videos on how to make a pen.

I took the “easy” way out and bought some of the carbide tipped tools (http://www.easywoodtools.com/easy-start-tools-product-page/)

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 10:07 PM

Nice lathe btw – looks like a great deal to me!

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 10:33 PM

”.... got a lathe, now what?”

Prepare to go broke!!! ;^)
They say that the lathe is the cheap part of turning….
It is very true!!!

It is the accessories and incidentals that will soon drain your bank account.
It is OK though…. LJs is loaded with enablers to help prolong your new found addiction!!! ;^)

BTW: The lathe looks great and that acquisition price earns you the obligatory…. YOU SUCK!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 10:56 PM

Start turning stuff… just scrap with no real purpose. It will let you figure out how to use the machine and the tools, what each tool is used for, and allow you to gain experience. Once you are comfortable, move on up to more ambitious stuff. Tool handles are a good beginning project as already mentioned. Desk sets (pencil holder, paper clip holder, pen holder, etc…) are a good step up from there and lets you begin making ‘bowl’ type shapes. You will probably want to do one-off stuff until you get enough experience under your belt for repeatability, which is required for a chess set (unless you want all the pawns to look slightly different :)

In other words, just start turning and you will be up to speed in no time!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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MattB43

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#6 posted 07-06-2015 11:14 PM



”.... got a lathe, now what?”

Prepare to go broke!!! ;^)
They say that the lathe is the cheap part of turning….
It is very true!!!

It is the accessories and incidentals that will soon drain your bank account.

Haha I figured that out pretty quickly checking out the chucks and plates and other stuff in the turning aisle at the store.

Tool handles are a good idea, I’ve got some files and maybe some chisels that could use new ones, and plenty of scrap wood laying around.

I threw a chunk of maple in there and tried to round it off but it tore out pretty bad, the tools aren’t sharp enough, so that’s probably what will take up my evening tonight.

Thanks all for the info, added capn eddie and a few others on youtube, that will at least keep me entertained when I can’t be in the shop.

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TheDane

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#7 posted 07-06-2015 11:53 PM

Ha! DIYaholic is spot on … what you paid for the lathe is just the downpayment!

I looked at the pix you posted … the 6 tools with the brown handles (bottom of the photo) look like hand-carving tools. I would not use them with the lathe.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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MattB43

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#8 posted 07-07-2015 12:00 AM



Ha! DIYaholic is spot on … what you paid for the lathe is just the downpayment!

I looked at the pix you posted … the 6 tools with the brown handles (bottom of the photo) look like hand-carving tools. I would not use them with the lathe.

- TheDane

Yeah I sort of figured that – too short to be lathe tools I thought. I figured hand carving tools or something, so that’s good to know. Don’t need to hurt myself screwing around in the shop.

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#9 posted 07-07-2015 12:07 AM

I would highly recommend Bob Hamilton’s YouTube channel. This guy really knows his stuff! https://www.youtube.com/user/bobham5

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#10 posted 07-08-2015 10:15 PM

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