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JADobson

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09-11-2014 09:46 PM

My wife wants a farm style kitchen table with big turned legs. I was planning on glueing up some 6”x6”x29” blanks to turn those legs from but I’m not sure if my lathe will spin them. Anyone else ever turn anything that size on this lathe?

-- James


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#1 posted 09-11-2014 10:31 PM

You may have to beef up that stand with a shelf and some weight of some like sand bags or cement blocks. I say go for it!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 09-12-2014 03:12 AM

That is a great lathe and I am not a harbor fan most of the time. I wanted to get into turning so I figured 200 bucks and if I hate it I am not out a ton of money. I have turned a bunch of baseball bats and a few table legs and I totally agree with bill that add some weight to the base, I ran a few boards between the legs and added a few sandbags, and turn away. I was not disappointed and I hope you will not be either!

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#3 posted 09-12-2014 10:39 AM

Yes do it . I have the same lathe

-- Coach Mancuso

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#4 posted 09-14-2014 12:31 AM

James, I was given that lathe recently from another woodworker. I don’t have it setup up yet, but apparently this is the exact same lathe as the Jet 1236….right down to the part numbers. I’m happy to have it.
http://www.amazon.com/708352-JWL-1236-Woodworking-12-Inch-115-Volt/dp/B00006ANS3

Make sure to use one of those HF coupons.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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JADobson

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#5 posted 09-14-2014 12:42 AM

Hey Red, I’ve already got the lathe. Had it for about a year now. I mostly like it. Mine is branded King though, same lathe. I just posted it as the HF model because I thought more of you Americans would be familiar with it that way.

Sounds like everyone thinks I should just give it a try. I’ll see if I have time to pick up some lumber this week.

-- James

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#6 posted 09-14-2014 12:49 AM

Oh, okay. Mine didn’t come with a stand, so I’m building one. Can’t wait to try some turning.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#7 posted 09-14-2014 01:15 AM

I was given a Jet 1236WL. This lathe is not the same but very close. You can buy legs for it for $40 from HF. I think those are decent lathes. Think about the piece you are turning. 6 inch dia is only a 3 inch swing. That is actually pretty light.

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#8 posted 09-14-2014 01:28 AM

Red – I think you’ll love turning. Can’t wait to see what you make. Heck, I’m excited to see what your lathe stand looks like.

Grandpa, I know it seems like it shouldn’t be a big deal on a lathe this size but sometimes mine seems a little underpowered. I suppose we’ll see.

-- James

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#9 posted 09-14-2014 02:24 AM

HF had that lathe on sale, may still be, and we found a 30% off coupon. I bought one for our 14 year old daughter and she never put it on the stand. We mounted it on top of a cabinet and bolted it down for her just like my $90.00 HF lathe was done. I bought I think in the late 80’s and still use it professionally often.
Her’s runs with no vibration or bounce to it mounted on the cabinet. We’re also making her a simple duplicator for it just like mine. I can chuck over 40 inches in my HF lathe but all she can do in hers is about 33 inches, ok for a table leg. We use 32 inch blanks for table legs and her blanks chucked right in with no problems.

A 6 inch leg is a large leg and can be extremely heavy, depending on the wood you use. The largest I turn is a 5 inch and not many of those very often. You do not won’t a 6 inch leg in a lathe that’s going to be moving around with you.

I turned 8 legs today and she turned four using my duplicator on her lathe. On the average it took her about 30 minutes to turn each leg out of SYP. The leg is 4 inches wide and 29 1/4 inches long. Her lathe is about 5 feet from mine and it hummed. We’re very pleased with the lathe.

She wants to make herself a roll around miter saw stand out of the lathe stand.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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