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Forum topic by GeneralDisorder posted 10-25-2014 11:10 PM 1147 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2014 11:10 PM

I’ve always admired the lathe work shown on LJ. The main reason I wanted a lathe was to restore some old chisels and other tools requiring lathe turned knobs and parts. Now if I could turn some other projects that would be a plus. From what I’ve read on the net, turned items sell pretty well so that would be another plus.

A friend of mine is down sizing and moving into a retirement condo. For helping move some stuff he gifted me this lathe and chisels. The switch has been broken for a couple of years but within an hour of getting it home I had one coming. At least I shouldn’t have to buy a bunch of other stuff to get started. Will probably have some questions in a week or so when the switch comes.

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#1 posted 10-26-2014 12:14 AM

Well, let me be the first to say it: YOU SUCK!

Those Jet mini’s have a pretty good reputation, and it looks like you have a pretty decent start of tools to start with as well as what looks like a decent chuck. You’ll need to learn how to sharpen, but all it takes is some careful reading and practice.

Congrats on the lathe … Happy Turning!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 02:30 AM

Eye protection and a sharpeniing system and you will be ready.

-- MPax, Atlanta

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 05:13 AM

Looks great,have fun.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 10-26-2014 11:34 AM

Great score on the lathe, couple of those tools not really turning tools. Not sure what those red habdle tools do, and looks like you have a carpenters/carving chisel in that set of swap meet tools. You have enough to start attacking wood.

Good luck and shows us some turnings.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 10-26-2014 01:13 PM

As you have zero money invested in this outfit I’d splurge on one of the chisels with the replaceable carbide tips and you’ll really enjoy turning.

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#6 posted 10-26-2014 01:48 PM

Chances are that the red handled chisels are some old Craftsman tools.
I still use some of them from time to time.


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#7 posted 10-26-2014 04:35 PM

Never thought of it as a you suck deal, I did a lot for old Harold. But he is a generous guy.

I’ve got lots of safety glasses and face shield type gear. Also have a couple grinder options. My 7” Delta with white wheels should do the job, I use it mostly restoring plane irons and wood chisels alwaysaking sure to keep things cool.

The red handles do say craftsman, and there are diston and a Buck Brothers. The rusty old roughing gouge doesn’t say. I have a couple big wore out files that would make some good scrapers.

I’m tempted to wire in a different switch until the replacement arrives, I’m really anxious to start turning something. This is going to be so much better than using my drill press for the handles and knobs I’ve made.

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#8 posted 11-01-2014 09:05 PM

So I got the switch yesterday and put it in. I put a 2×2 pine between centers and tried the tools. The big gouge didn’t seem to work very well and the other gouges worked pretty well. I tried the skew and it seemed to work ok once the wood was round. Next tried a small bowl out of chestnut from my fire wood. The shallow gouges worked fine on the outside but just didn’t work for hollowing more than an inch or so. I glued a short 1/4” hss bit in a 25-06 barrel by grinding it round on the end. Then ground the bit with some relief. It cut surprisingly fast and made short work of hollowing the little bowl. The rough edge is not natural but how it left the log splitter. I look forward to doing more of this as te permits.

The chunk of pipe and rifle barrel combination makes for a rock solid tool and I plan to get lots of use out of it.

C&c always welcome.

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