|Forum topic by skone||posted 07-16-2011 01:44 AM||2060 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
07-16-2011 01:44 AM
Tool gloat? Nah. But I do think I got a great deal. I won’t gloat because a.) I’m too much of a nube with this particular tool to gloat over it, and b.) The guy who sold it to me was incredibly nice and knew very well that he was giving me a great deal.
Or at least this is how I imagine everything. You guys tell me.
Craigslist about two weeks ago is where it happened. I have been looking for my first lathe in an on again off again way and on July 4 weekend, I just happened to catch a posting that was literally less than an hour old. I responded and set up a “meeting” with the guy.
Here’s what I got:
- a late 1950’s Craftsman lathe 113.23881, thirtysix or so inches with original belt drive Sears 1/2 HP motor
I feel like doing a Bob Barker on you guys. How much would you pay for the Showcase, lumberjocks??
Well, what it’s worth and what I paid might be two different things. I have a hunch they are.
I paid one hundred and twenty five bucks. And he and his wife/girlfriend/partner followed me home, driving the lathe in their vehicle. Pretty sweet, I think.
In the past three days I’ve managed to get it set up and running. There’s a homemade springboard under the motor on the stand that I’m not too crazy about. So, I may rework the means of mounting the motor. And I may eventually look into chucking for bowls instead of the faceplate. But all in due time. Maybe a class first. I know I can fool around on my own, just as I have for everything else, but I’d really like to up the initial learning curve. Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax is right up the road and has an intensive two day beginner’s turning class at the end of the month… Feel free to weigh in, particularly if you know Vermont and/or Vermont Woodworking School.
And one last question as I do mess around with the new lathe: what’s your rec. on workable wood species for beginner turning? I want to turn just to turn—to get the feel. I hacked up some hickory. Not too pretty. Birch was a little better…
Thanks for reading!
-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)