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post #1 of 6 Old 09-03-2009, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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My First Lathe

My Jet JWL-1220VS came yesterday at 08:55 AM EDT.
About 1 hour setup time.

The lathe stand is perfect for the tool and rock solid. The stand is 36 x 20 x 36 and made of 2x4s, 2x3s, and a top of plywood. I used 3 and 4 deck screws to put it together.

I had a 2 x 2 x 12 blank cut from an old surplus piece of wood. Using a roughing gouge, I seemed to get the basics of rounding the blank down quickly. Being a total turning novice, I was happy to see that I could do a simple operation without much trouble.

Thank you to all the members who gave me advice on the stand.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-03-2009, 03:38 PM
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There are lots of Youtube turning videos you can learn from. Most are pretty good, some show downright dangerous procedures. For the most part if you remember ABC. Anchor, Bevel, cut. Anchor or set the tool on the tool rest. Rub the bevel of the cutting edge with the handle low. Then raise the tool until it starts to cut.
Using a scraper is slightly different. on a scraper you still anchor the tool but you always keep the handle higher than the cutting edge. Scrapers are not used as a bevel rubbing tool. If you take very light cuts with the scrapers you will OK.
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Congrats! I just got my first lathe as well. I went for cheap by buying a used Jet 1014, which is sufficient for me at this point. If you haven't already done so, I recommend checking out a couple of videos on using your tools etc. I borrowed one from the library that was quite helpful and went through stance, sharpening of tools etc etc. When I get home I'll look up the title.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-04-2009, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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I've got The Lathe Book by Ernie Conover and Learn to Turn by Barry Gross which I bought just to learn the details and accessories of the lathe.

I'm going to get the complete Ruffin collection of books and DVDs.
Also, Norm Abrams Lathe 101.

A turner also recomended DVDs by Bill Grumbine and Jimmy Clews.
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Congrats on the lathe but you know it didn't really happen without pics.

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The video I borrowed from the library is "Turning Wood" with Richard Raffan and is a companion to a book by the same name.
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