|Forum topic by CodyJames||posted 10-25-2011 04:16 AM||1356 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
10-25-2011 04:16 AM
Where to begin?
A month or so ago we suffered a flood, I lose all of my tools in my basement, including a full woodshop, with most of all the trimmings, including a huge stock of mahogany, tiger maple, walnut, all sorts. The only thing I didn’t own was a lathe.
It has worked out that we were able to move to a new house, that has a full finished “basement”, the house is up on a hill so no chance of flooding this time around, and my wife has graciously and with much understanding and encouragement, allowed me to go absolutely bonkers buying new “stuff” for the shop.
So the first thing I purchased was, of course, a Powermatic 90th anniversary edition 3520b Onyx series lathe along with a nice “matching” 1.75 hp dust collector. This is all being delivered tomorrow in the afternoon, I made the purchase through Rockler. I don’t want to speak anything BAD about Rockler, but, lets just say that there was a misunderstanding and they charged me twice for my lathe and dust collector, leaving a huge NEGATIVE in my bank account. Thankfully they were very nice and the bank was very nice and everything was corrected within 24 hours without a hit to our credit rating or anything.
So, aside from the heart attack of absolutely knowing NOTHING about what I am doing with a lathe, and all the nonsense with Rockler. The guy from the delivery place calls me up and says “Sir, do you have a loading dock at your house?(when I ordered I forgot to click the “Residential” box, I will accept the blame on this one I may have missed the box, I just didn’t see it there, it may have been there). So, HOPEFULLY, I can throw the guy an extra 50 bucks along with the 100 dollar liftgate fee and get my lathe dropped directly in my shop. Then I just have to put it all together.
Then I got to wait til next Tuesday for the electrician to come and put in a 220 for the lathe and a 110 for the dust collector. I am hoping I get to turning wood this century sometime. I’ve only done it once in my life ever and that was 30 years ago in school but it was the one thing that helped carry on my life long woodworking hobby. I just never owned a lathe.
I was looking at possibly going with a SawStop table saw, but have decided against this, I tend to think that the safety feature would breed my OWN complacency and over-confidence, which would lead to extreme disregard for safety. So, I am leaning towards the Jet Pro-shop table saw.