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Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake posted 05-01-2013 12:43 AM 692 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Craftsman on the lake

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05-01-2013 12:43 AM

I’ve been looking to obtain some kind of usable lathe for a long time. I’ve got a fully equipped shop but have never tried lathe work. I’d like to make some chisel handles and such just to learn for now.

I've found a lathe on craigslist. I’ve kept my eye out for a long time. This one has caught my eye as a possible learner machine and maybe a keeper for my occasional use.

So, being a total lathe newbie I’d like your opinion. It’s $100 with a few chisels to get started.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.


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Moron

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 02:26 AM

“if” the tubes/rods are straight your good to go if you can bolt it down to something heavier

if they aren’t you can always replace the rods with a big slab of trued hardwood and your back in business

the weight of the lathe determines the scope of work that can be executed.

seems light ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 02:27 AM

less then dinner for 2 at the local diner

hard to go wrong ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 02:32 AM

very few ever agree with me so what the hell ?

in a heart beat Charlie …SOLD

experience is a tough teacher, its earned and not taught so I fail to see how you can go wrong.

at the very worst, you can have some fun, and there isnt a price you can put on that ?

just remember, it wasn’t made to turn out Totem Poles

when the curls of wood hit the floor and you smell their sweet or acrid fragrance, life begins to bring smiles to faces who had forgotten them

Do it

its as sweet as it gets : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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rickf16

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#4 posted 05-01-2013 02:44 AM

I have a lathe and turn pens. Look like he has a few in there. Jump on it as long it works. 130 bucks?! I’d buy it in a heart beat! Tools brand new…probably about 75.00 by themselves.

Just my two.

-- Rick

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Jimbo4

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#5 posted 05-01-2013 03:02 AM

I had one of those – - – junk ! But all the extras are worth the $100 .

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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Moron

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#6 posted 05-01-2013 04:00 AM

what is the power in turning a pen ?

depends

on the ink left on the page

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#7 posted 05-01-2013 04:06 AM

earned privilege is most often determined through ink

wood is only a medium through which comfort is given to those who sign on the line

its a “win win”

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Loren

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#8 posted 05-01-2013 04:15 AM

Go try it out.

The tools look like UK made ones… at least the handles
are like Sorbys and other UK brands.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Moron

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#9 posted 05-01-2013 04:52 AM

yup

walk into his garage and ask to use it

the worst a person can say is no ?

the best answer is to find the teacher that made it work and hand him an extra 20 bucks and smile

and stop talking

hard to do ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#10 posted 05-01-2013 05:08 AM

fix the oceans of “stupid” ?

not possible

just one wave

and you own it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#11 posted 05-01-2013 06:12 AM

surely sharks don’t weigh into the equation ?

choices become easier

boots on the ground

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Loren

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#12 posted 05-01-2013 06:26 AM

My 1st lathe was a spring-pole model made of 2×4s with
ground centers of 1/4” steel rod. I set it up under a
long bough of a plum tree and ran a cord from the bough,
‘round my turning stock (sticks from fruit trees) and to
a foot lever underneath.

You can actually turn this way. It’s how it was done
for 2 dozen or more centuries. They turned metal
and stone too. I learned it from a Roy Underhill book
I found at the library.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Moron

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#13 posted 05-01-2013 06:40 AM

all things are possible

the doubters ruin it

the dreamers nail it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Rick M.

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#14 posted 05-01-2013 06:45 AM

Tube lathes have a poor reputation but I have no personal experience with them. Try it out and if it doesn’t shake, go for it. You may have to buy a chuck or a drive center as I don’t see one in the pictures.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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mtenterprises

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#15 posted 05-01-2013 10:48 AM

Almost anything is good to start with for $100 it’s a good starter and you can always sell it for the same price less some of the accessories and step up to a better one. I own at least 7 different lathes some are good for one thing or another some are specialty and some just don’t work at all but they all represent the advancement of my skills.
MIKE

-- See pictures on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/44216106@N07/ And visit my Facebook page - facebook.com/MTEnterprises

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