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pete57

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705 days ago

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I live in Felton, PA just north of Baltimore. I make Windsor Chairs and other small period projects. I have a nice new Jet VS 1220VS. What I need is someone close with a lathe that has a swing of at least 7.5 inches. I need to turn some poplar stool seats to have around the shop and for a couple friends. I have made a couple with 12 inch seats and they just do not look quite right after seeing the bigger ones.

I realize that folks do not want to let others use their machines and I am the same way. I am willing to barter for the seat turning and I will have all seat blanks cut to circles and I will mount my threaded flange on all of them and as we get done it will be ready for the next circle. I will only need three at this time.

You know it seems to me that whenever I get close to getting that Powermatic 3520, something comes up. Anyone else out there like that? The bad thing is that when I first came close to the purchase of the nice big lathe of my dreams it sold for $2,100.00 now that same machine goes for $4,000.00 without the shipping!!

By the way tools are going up but my paycheck has been the same for a while now.

-- Humble Wood Servant


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stefang

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#1 posted 705 days ago

I can understand your desire for the Powermatic and the joy of using such a fantastic lathe, but there are lots of other, much less expensive, but still quite good lathes available, or you might try finding a used Powermatic. It’s a shame you are missing out on the utility and fun of turning while waiting for that Powermatic.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 705 days ago

after this all killing economy crises … try to look out on maschine auctions
some times you can get a big lathe very cheap

or you can make you own lathe look at some of the great projects here on L J
another good one is to look at Mathias Vandels site http://woodgears.ca/
to see how he make his bandsaw wheels in wood

you donĀ“t have to spend a million everytime when you want to make a project

good luck what ever you deside
Dennis

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