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Forum topic by builtinbkyn posted 04-14-2017 07:47 PM 1443 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2017 07:47 PM

I’ve had my shop for about a year and a half now. During that time there were things I wanted to accomplish that weren’t possible without a way to turn them. I made a few knobs using my bench top drill press, but I’m pretty sure it took much longer than it would have on a lathe and the work I could turn was certainly limited in size and scope.

Well this morning I received delivery of a Jet 1221. I researched all of the midi lathes that have been reviewed here on LJs and around the net and this one seemed the better choice. The Delta midi was second on my list. I hope I made the right decision. I’ve never used a late before, but for some reason I think I have a pretty good feel for turning. At least I hope so.

Along with the lathe I picked up the requisite facial protection. I hope I don’t need body armor too :O I am awaiting the matching stand and some turning tools. I went with carbide tools for now – Savannah 3 piece large set. They have good reviews and I’m sure with my beginner skillset, they’ll serve the purpose of making some of the items I want to tackle. I did look at Carter & Sons tools. Man they look pretty nice. Should I get somewhat accomplished with turning, I may look at a few for bowl turning. I also picked up the Delta version of the Nova G3 reversible chuck and a Oneway taper safe drive (not sure I need this) and a PSI drill chuck, both 2MT .

I know I’ll bet back to this forum with many questions. I know LJers are always happy to help ;)

Well here’s some candy still in the wrapper. Unfortunately I didn’t get to unbox and fondle it. I have something this evening. Tomorrow is another day :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 08:12 PM

I’m sure you’ll love it. I’ve never owned a Jet lathe but people seem happy with them.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 09:49 PM

Jet is a solid product. Have you turned before? I have been turning for a few months, and I recommend watching youtube videos to learn the angles of holding the turning tools. Oh, and from real life experience, roughing and spindle gouges don’t work well (read disastrously) on bowl interiors!

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 10:16 PM

I have the same face-shield and its saved my eyeballs quite a few times.
You look like you got all the bases covered! Best of luck to you!
Turning is so fun!

-- "If she dont find ya handsome, she better find ya handy"

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#4 posted 04-15-2017 01:11 AM

Sweet Bill! You’ll enjoy it for sure. I think turning is something that’s easy to get started in but also hard to master. I don’t turn all that often but I always enjoy it and am constantly learning.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 04-15-2017 02:19 AM

I use my Jet 1221 every day. Now that I have the new Jet 1640 I still keep the 1221 doing jobs. it’s a great lathe.
You will enjoy it.

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#6 posted 04-15-2017 03:39 AM

Thanks guys. The Jet, though a little more expensive than similar midi machines, seemed to be a full featured product and it has a 5 year warranty only offered by one or two others I believe.

I have been and will continue to look at some of the suggested videos that were posted here by various members for others. I’m also searching around for some training in my area. For now I feel confident enough to turn some small projects such as these knobs I turned on my drill press. They were fun to make but took a while to rough them out. They’re maple and bubinga LOL

I didn’t dare cut them off while on the press, but I did start them. This is a process I’ll need to learn once I get started on the late.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 04-20-2017 05:19 PM

Man it’s seems like this has been sitting in my shop forever. Today was the first opportunity for me to assemble the lathe and stand. Not much assembly needed for the lathe and the stand was pretty straight forward.

I’ll say this about Jet packaging. The lathe was packaged well and the stand – not so much. I know the UPS guys and or whom ever handled it along the way didn’t treat it with care, but Jet should realize that and package it with better materials other than thin styrofoam. The box was coming apart and the contents rattling around. The cast iron pieces broke the styrofoam to bits. Really that isn’t the way to package such heavy contents. Oh well, it’s no worse for wear, but if the box ever came apart, freight handlers risked getting knocked on the head or toe with a 20lb piece of cast iron.

I’m looking forward to having some fun with this over the weekend. :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 04-21-2017 11:07 AM

I mounted some lights above the tool rest to see better detail. You can get a lot of satisfaction out of using the Jet 1221.

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#9 posted 04-21-2017 12:24 PM

I have one but haven’t used it in a bit because it really fills the garage with dust. I need to build a mobile cart for mine.

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#10 posted 04-21-2017 01:07 PM

Thanks guys. Yeah I’m trying to figure out where it will find a relatively permanent home in the shop. I’d like to have it near the windows but think that may not be a great idea if the work ever chooses to go airborne :O I also want to make some form of a shroud for chip and dust collection, though it appears most of it will be hitting me LOL

I plan on selling my 15” planer and 6” jointer in exchange for a combo machine or maybe just go with a drum sander and hand plane/joint everything that needs it. That should clear out some space for the lathe. Heck, anyone in the NYC area that’s interested in either, contact me before they hit CL and you’ll get a really good deal :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 04-22-2017 04:40 PM

I started out with a 1221VS because I didn’t want to break the bank on a hobby that I wasn’t going to stick with. It was a great choice and I have no regrets buying it. I’ve since sold it and moved up the a 1640EVS because I wanted to turn items larger than 12 inches.

If I had the space in my garage for two lathes, I’d love to still have the 1221 around. It’s that good.

-- Steve

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