Getting into Woodworking #2: A new tool for the shop, a Jet JWL-1236 lathe

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Blog entry by Steve posted 04-06-2018 03:57 PM 813 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I happened upon this used lathe really by accident. I hadn’t been actively looking for a lathe, but in the back of my mind, I had always kind of wanted one. So I got an alert for some other tools I had been searching for and read the ad to find this listed. Contacted the seller and made a deal for it. I just happened to beat another guy to it by about 25 mins.

So anyways, here’s the lathe and all the stuff that came with it.

I really enjoyed using the lathe back in HS, so I’m anxious to start getting some use out of this machine.

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#1 posted 04-06-2018 04:09 PM

Ok, so what do you do when you first get a lathe? You grab the first piece of wood you can find and throw it on and start turning. Or maybe that’s just me? lol

Well, it just so happens the first piece I grab is the bottom 6” of our last Christmas tree I trimmed off and had been saving for some unknown reason. I think I was originally going to slice it into circles for my son to play hockey with.

So I grab it and of course I get the customary gob of sap on my hand, no big deal I thought. So after getting it chucked up and turned on, I start to make my first roughing gouge and get hit with some sap on my face(safety glasses were on). The pine tree bottom experiment quickly ended.

So next up was a small chunk of cedar I had from a previous project. I got that chucked up and turned the machine on. Which gave me my first lesson on unbalanced wood and making sure to start the machine on the slowest speed!! After moving the machine back to where it was, I got to smoothing. It immediately brought back fond memories of shop class. I even found my two sons watching me from the kitchen door wondering what was going on.

I’m not sure what this will end up as, but I’m going to have fun making whatever it’ll be.

Here’s a before shot of the wood, the bottom piece

And here’s where I am right now. Had to stop for the night to get the kids to bed.

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#2 posted 04-07-2018 12:03 AM

Congrats and have fun

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 04-09-2018 05:51 PM

Cut the log in half and finished off the bottom piece. Won’t any awards since I used the worst possible finish on it(lol), but I was pretty pleased with it.

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