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Blog series by DW833 updated 03-29-2015 09:52 PM 6 parts 11211 reads 17 comments total

Part 1: Purchased HF Lathe and Setup

02-04-2015 04:26 AM by DW833 | 3 comments »

I purchased a HF T34706 lathe over the weekend and assembled it. Haven’t used it yet, because waiting on tools and accessories to arrive. So I can’t provide a review. But I can provide feedback on purchase and assembly process. This is my first lathe. I researched several new lathes over a period of a couple of months. Also, tried to find a lathe on craigslist. In my area, not much on CL. Most were either junk or overpriced. There were a few older lathes that seemed ok....

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Part 2: I have a lathe, now what do I do?

02-04-2015 04:34 AM by DW833 | 5 comments »

Now that I’ve purchased a lathe, I need to use it. One thing I thought would be easy is to setup the lathe out of the box. The assembly process is easy. But I haven’t been able to find much on squaring the lathe for use. For table and band saws there is a lot of information on how to setup and square them. I’m thinking there isn’t much to do at this point except to get the centers centered. I recall seeing on LJ that someone with the same lathe, thought the pu...

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Part 3: Tools for woodturning - Purchased Rockler Full Size Carbide tools and Sorby SpindleMaster

02-04-2015 04:54 AM by DW833 | 3 comments »

I researched several lathe tools to use on the new lathe. I thought the carbide tipped tools would be great for a beginning turner. Reviews of these tools were mostly positive. The easy wood tools were my first choice. But do not have the budget for them. Shop made versions are popular and many LJers have made them. I started making plans to purchase materials to make my own. Since I haven’t worked with metal much, I was concerned about the end result if I made them. However,...

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Part 4: First turning on new lathe

02-18-2015 04:05 AM by DW833 | 1 comment »

Completed my first try on the lathe. Nothing as far as a project. Just testing the lathe and tools.Considering I only have two tools at this point, it was quick and easy to try everything.Looking forward to my first project next week. I’m creating a basic paper towel rack. Will post when done.Since I have no idea what I’m doing, registered for the basic turning class at Woodcraft at the end of the month.Heard from others that took the class that the guy who teaches the class d...

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Part 5: First turning project completed

02-23-2015 02:26 AM by DW833 | 4 comments »

Completed my first project. A simple paper towel holder. Considering that I have no idea what I’m doing with the tools, it turned out well. Not sure on the wood, but I think it could be ash. I started with a blank similar to a bowl blank for the base. Attached it to face plate and used a carbide tipped rougher to get it round and smooth. I thought it could be smoother, but couldn’t get it there. So used sand paper to smooth and shape it a small amount.For the rod I cut a pi...

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Part 6: First turned mallet is already useful

03-29-2015 09:52 PM by DW833 | 1 comment »

Still waiting on lathe tools that I ordered that are back ordered. Should arrive first week of April.With limited tools still, I decided to make this mallet from left over oak. Overall it is kind of a rough piece. Just started turning and still improving. Turning it was no problem. I drilled the hole for handle before turning the head.Did it by hand instead of the drill press. The head is slightly off center. Should have used the drill press.Added leather pieces on each side. Used ...

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