Workshop #5: Starting Down that path, Lathe 1

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 03-30-2008 03:34 AM 1334 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Good Evening All,
I am now the proud owner of a lathe. Can not wait to be able to post some kind of project that I make on it. BUT, first I have some other fun to deal with, the lathe is a 1970’s 12” Craftsman that i purchased off of someone on Craigslist. I tested it all out and it worked fine, however it was mounted to a very heavy table and since I have a basement shop I decided to remove it from the table before trying to get it down stairs. For beeing mounted to the same piece for 30+ years it was a quick removal, now the trick is to get the table (which is still pretty heavy) downstairs and remount the lathe on to it and get it all working just as nicely again.

I am thinking also of sprucing up the table a bit and doing some work on it. So more blogs are to come on this subject. In the meantime here is my prize as it looked before taking it off the table.



I am sure I will have multiple questions as I head down this new woodworking path so thank you in advance for the answers that I know I can count on getting.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 04:53 AM

Hi Chris,

It is always exciting whenever we get a new tool into the shop. It really gets the woodworking adrenaline pumping. Congratulations on the find. Now you need to order some pizza and recruit some help with the table and you will be in business.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 05:43 AM

Great find…I’m sure you enjoy it. Its been a long time since I have turned anything. PM me if you still need a hand.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 05:45 AM

Looks like an interesting find. Good luck with it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 10:51 AM

Looking forward to seeing some turnings.

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 02:49 PM

Hey Chris,

Congrats on the new toy. Turning is another area I’d like to try myself. I have a lathe my Dad bought and has given to me, but no room in the shop. Someday maybe I’ll have a shop big enough for it. Keep informed on your experiences and any do’s or don’ts. I’m interested in your experiences. Congratulations again. :>)

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 08:00 PM

Happy to know that u are now a owner of a very important wood working tool which will keep u busy for quite some time. I am waiting for your experience and projects on wood turning so that I can add one more dimention to my hobby. Recently I made a 1”x 20” dowel from a straight branch of a tree from my backyard after thoroughly drying it in the Sun for many months. Since I have no lathe I did it with the help of small plane and it has come out fairly good. I will post a picture of it. If I can learn turningI can do many things. So please feed me your experience on the lathe. Good luck.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 03-31-2008 12:02 AM

Congrats on the purchase. Your Lathe looks very similar to my when I first ‘rescused’ it from a freinds shed.

Lots of TLC and it runs very well. Still need to learn how to use it :) but exciting times ahead.

Have fun, and be safe

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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