Lathe is all set up and works!!

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Project by clieb91 posted 01-18-2014 02:35 AM 1727 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well if any of you have seen my latest ShopQuest blog entries then you know I have been trying to get my shop in shape and get my new lathe set up. I actually bought it over a month ago now and it has just been sitting until I got a quiet spot. So been working hard to clean the shop up and took the time today to build the stand. Takes up way less space than my old one.
I of course had to turn something on it to try it out. Pic 3 shows my first turning on my new lathe.. YAY!! sorry bit excited. I also used a few new new tools. I got a Sorby Spindlemaster from a sale at my club and I think it will work great, just need a little bit of practice with it.
I am looking forward to putting this lathe to good use and learning some new tricks with it.

The stand is all 2x pine and the pull/ornament is Holly/Oak(I think).

Thanks for looking.


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

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#1 posted 01-18-2014 02:51 AM

nice set-up Chris…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 01-18-2014 03:36 AM

You’re ahead of me Chris, we shifted a month or so ago & I haven’t been able to do any turning, looks like it will be another month at least before I can build a new set up.
this looks like a great addition to the shop, well done.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 01-18-2014 05:56 AM

Solid looking stand.
Some day I’m gonna get me one of these….....................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 01-18-2014 11:58 AM

Outstanding Chris, the lathe looks great, and the installation very usable. Cheers

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#5 posted 01-18-2014 03:32 PM

Congratulations! Nice setup and sure to produce great projects. :)

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#6 posted 01-18-2014 03:54 PM

You have done well. The stand, cleanup, set up, all a great addition. Will be waiting to see lots of turnings.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 01-18-2014 04:39 PM

That’s a great addition to your shop and I am sure that you will have a wonderful time with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 01-18-2014 10:44 PM

While you did a great job on the stand, I suspect I see a slight problem, which isn’t really a problem if you are aware of it ahead of time. I’ve been there and placed my equipment as you have in your picture.

When I had my big Oneway 2436 running inside my very tiny shop I was turning a pair of mirrored triple-turned purpleheart and osage orange hollow baby rattles. I’m really in the groove finishing the last of the outside turning using a detail gauge completely focused on the turning and thinking “This is going to be a real winner”.

About then my el-cheapo loud Harbor Freight pony compressor by my feet decided to cycle on. Scared the ^%$#$ out of me. And I ended up jumping out of my skin and driving the detail gouge through the thin walls of the rattle. AW %#$%#$%!!!, SCRATCH 2 HOURS AND ONE RATTLE!!!

You might rethink the placement of your compressor at the base of your lathe stand if you use it while turning. Cinder blocks or bags of clean playground sand would help stabilize the stand.

You’ll have fun turning. It’s VERY addicting.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#9 posted 01-20-2014 04:47 PM

Thanks All,
@Woodstock, sorry to hear about the rattle. The good news for me is that I do not keep my compressor on all the time. I got it for free and it has a slow leak so I only charge it up when I need it. I am planning on making a switch for it so I can make my life easier.

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

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