What do I need for my Jet JWL-1220

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05-06-2009 09:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning question beginner

Next Weekend I’m taking advantage of my local WC’s 20% off Jet tools sale and picking up a Jet JWL-1220. That’s going to run me about $360 or so. I want to know what other items you would recommend I pick up. I’ve never turned before, this is my very first lathe and I have nothing else other than a set of turning tools I already purchased. I’d like to keep my final bill under or about $560 so that gives me about $200 to play with. I’ve gotten all kinds of advice from pick up a grinder and jig to buy a chuck. I have basically no idea where to go from here. I have 2 projects in mind 1 is pens so I gather I’ll need a few items for that. The other is I want to make as close to a copy as I can of my Great Great Grandfather’s baton (He was a Police Chief) to give to my brother as a gift since I was given the original. So I guess that counts as a shortish spindle. I plan on getting the stand and the extension next month so I don’t need those just yet. Remember I’m brand spanking new to this so please be as specific as you can right down to the brand, model, color – ok not color but you get my drift. Also, is there anything other than blanks not included that I will need before I start turning? Once I turn my first piece I’ll let you know know it goes!


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#1 posted 05-06-2009 11:43 AM

The grinder is essential to keeping your tools sharp. I bought a deWalt grinder off of Amazon for $90 with free shipping.

The chuck comes in handy for turning bowls, plates, long skinny stuff, etc. If you are just doing pens and a baton there is no real need to get a chuck right away.

Do you need to get a set of turning tools?

Another good idea would be a turning class, unless there is a club you can go to or know someone who can show you the basics. I took a basic turning class and a bowl turning class and they were invaluable. The same instructor also runs a class that is an entire day on nothing but how to sharpen your tools. What I don’t know sometimes frightens me.

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#2 posted 05-06-2009 03:10 PM

I have these to work with. I have the same sharping system, and it works quite well.

And one of each from this page. Sorry they are more than $200.00 when all addresses are added up.

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#3 posted 05-06-2009 03:33 PM

Hi Moxy,

I too am new to all this. Last weekend I went over the the Springfield, Virginia WoodCraft store to order my Jet lathe. Fortunately, there was a turning class in session when I got there. Aaron, the instructor, spent a good deal of time with me after the class (I did not attend the class) giving advice on what ZI need to get started. Priceless! There were also other staff members – whose name I don’t recall -’cept Gary – who also gave me solid advice. What I driving toward is – go there and talk to them. Then come home – compare their advice to that of the wise-experienced members of this forum, then call the store back and order your ‘stuff’.

What I learned is really needed:
- a set of turning tools. The suggestion is don’t buy the “set”, rather buy the 3 basic tools – the best quality that your budget will allow. If you buy a 6 or 8 peice set, you probably will NEVER use half of them. Then, later on, buy just the additional tools as you have need of them.
- a grinder – Aaron recommended the Tormak system – but that is not within my budget range – it’s $600 or so! I have a bench grinder, and, as a woodcarver, tons of other stones and strops that should outta work
- drill press vise – for drilling out the blanks
- mandrels, drill bits, and ‘end squaring cutters’ (Name??) for your pen kits.

A point that he made that really hit home for me, was to buy the best steel that you can afford (chisels). Otherwise, you’ll spend way too much of your time honing your chisels. His example – with some of the lower quality chisels, you need to hone once after every 5 minutes or so – with the top-end cryogenic steel chisels you will need to hone once after every 20 HOURS or so. I can relate to that in-so-far-as the model fits my woodcarving knives and chisels almost perfectly.

I ordered my lathe and turning tools on Monday – should be there in a week to 10 days. BTW, they had the 1220’s in stock in the Springfield store. (I got a way-to-big Maryland Income Tax refund that I just HAD to use to stimulate the economy – ordered the 1642)

My advice, for what it’s worth – go in and talk to them – they never tried to pressure me. In fact, one feller offered a suggestion that i consider the much less expensive Nova 1642 . . .

Hope this helps.


Bob Hendry
Southern Maryland

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#4 posted 05-07-2009 01:55 AM

I know that someone mentioned that the local Woodcraft stores are having a 20% off sale for Jet tools. This is also available online Jet Tool Sale, and you might be able to combine some of the smaller Jet items with the $5 shipping offer.

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#5 posted 05-15-2009 08:51 PM

they said it

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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