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BlankMan

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12-01-2009 04:07 AM

Not even sure if I’m posting this in the right place. I seldom pay asking price for anything big, I wait for sales, or coupons or I deal. Sometimes a deal finds me I think. Like I learned in Business law class in college, any posted asking price is nothing more then an invitation to barter. Old law on the books I guess not really sure if it still is.

But anyway, I bought the Excelsior Mini-Lathe at Rockler yesterday and used the gift card to buy the Extension Bed. When I got it home and took it out of the box I realized I have no cutting tools. Well Doh! I never owned a wood lathe. So everyone here in the Excelsior Thread is touting the Sorby tools Rockler has on sale. I don’t know and trust they do so based on that I decide to go to Rockler today and possibly pick up a set if they still have them.

Well another thing I looked at Saturday when I was deciding whether or not to buy the lathe was a lathe duplicator because I know me, if I make one and I need four I want all four to be exactly the same. So I see Rockler has one for $299.99 that will cover the full length of the Excelsior with the extension bed. So when I’m at Rockler today walking around with the Sorby tools under my arm (last one too) I ask one the sales guys I know if they have one of these duplicators, I would just like to look at it because I’m a long way off from needing it.

He walks me over while saying I think we have this one and only this one over here and when he finds it says something about it being $75, so I’m thinking it can’t be the same one but it looks like it but I’m not sure. In the meantime he took the number and walked back over to the register and looked up the price. $74.99. I say really? And he says yeah. So I walk over to the kiosk and look up what I saw in the online catalog. Yep that’s it.

So I how have a lathe duplicator and saved $225. Wow. Be a while before I use it and I was thinking maybe in a few months with a 25% off coupon when I needed one. But wow. I be happy.

Here's a link to it at Rockler.

Any comments or experience with it would be appreciated.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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#1 posted 12-01-2009 04:17 AM

wow…your one lucky dude…..that is a steal of a deal…..it will be a lot of fun doing the lathe work..enjoy your new tools…look forward to your first post on it..wish i could do lathe work, but ive got a real bad back…and it wont happen for me…but i will enjoy seeing your work…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 04:21 AM

You could have made one for about $35.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 12-01-2009 04:33 AM

(After reading the whole post)LOL
Good deals

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-01-2009 04:36 AM

Topa, yeah but, and especially with a milling machine and a metal lathe I know I could but I do too much of that which keeps me from making real stuff. Like replacing the open stand with an enclosed stand on my Delta Drum Sander and making a shelf for it (not quick and easy), redoing my bench to fit the 12” RAS (lot of work), redoing my bench to fit the new chop saw, making the dust hood for my chop saw (in process), making the dust hood for my 12” RAS (needs to be done), replacing the castings on my band saw to upgrade it (needs to be done), finish restoring my Delta Variable Speed Drill Press so I can use it, set up my Jet 12” disc/6” Belt Sander when I finally get an undamaged enclosed stand, etc. etc. etc. I spend more time making/doing this stuff then real stuff, sometimes I just gots to say enough and fork out the cash and this was pretty cheap relatively speaking.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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BlankMan

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#5 posted 12-01-2009 04:37 AM

Laughing with ya Jim! I know, I can be verbose.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 12-01-2009 04:38 AM

Most excellent. Next question. Do you have a slow speed grinder (with proper wheels) to sharpen your tools? That is probably going to be your next must have. Others may have suggestions as well.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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BlankMan

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#7 posted 12-01-2009 04:40 AM

Wayne I’ve got the Delta Sharpening Center I’m hoping that will work, if not a slow speed grinder has been on the radar. But I’ll have to learn to sharpen curves, exactly what I try not to do when sharpening my chisles. :)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 12-01-2009 04:41 AM

Curt, Just being facetious as usual. You’re too easily stirred up ;-)) Looks like you can fall in the mud and come out smelling like a rose. Great find !!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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BlankMan

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#9 posted 12-01-2009 05:01 AM

Topa oh no no no no, well maybe, ;) I wasn’t stirred up though, just siting my reasonings. Maybe gullible though, I believed you that it could be done for $35, why would I question it? It appears it is sometimes hard for me to tell when people are kidding here.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 12-01-2009 05:21 AM

That is the thing about email and the net, you really can’t tell sometimes so the same words can be taken a lot of ways. I should have use my :-)) smiley face. You’re never gonna get all that work done. When will you learn to turn?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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BlankMan

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#11 posted 12-01-2009 05:26 AM

I have the rest of my life. :) I’ll never be bored that’s for sure.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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PurpLev

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#12 posted 12-01-2009 05:21 PM

sweet deal. gotta love when that happens. being in the right place at the right time… and running off quickly before anyone finds out… lol

Topamax – so true. unless you know the person, it’s really hard (and mostly impossible) to read a tone of voice in someone’s text.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 12-01-2009 05:57 PM

Great deal! Now you have money left over to help keep that truck running. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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BlankMan

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#14 posted 12-01-2009 06:15 PM

Charlie, not much, went to Rockler too many times over the long weekend.

I’d have to say though, best Black Friday weekend I ever had. Except all the gifts I bought were for me. I don’t think it’s supposed to work that way. :)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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