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New Lathe and Setup

Some ask on another thread for us to post pics. of our lathe. Nothing fancy, but seems to get the job done.
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Looks great and the bowl looks awesome too. Very nice work. How do you like the new lathe?

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Is this the one for $200 ?????

Looks great...no tail stock?
Outboard?

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That's the lathe I almost bought -- but when I got to the store, they'd sold out of that model ... ended up getting the bigger floor-standing lathe instead

Enjoy it, you're off to a good start

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It does have a tail stock. I haven't been using it. I just took it off to get it out of the way. I really like this lathe. It's the best l've used since I've never turned before last weekend. It seems to do a good job. Here is a description:
  • Turn material up to 10" diameter and 18" long
  • Five speeds: 750, 1100, 1600, 2200 and 3200 RPM
  • Extremely sturdy cast iron construction to reduce vibration
  • 1/2 HP, 110 volt motor
  • Pull-out switch allows lock out to help prevent unwanted use
  • Includes 3" faceplate and 7" tool rest
  • Nonslip rubber feet
  • 8" x 30" footprint
  • Includes three hex wrenches, live center and spur center
Quill taper: MT-2Quill travel: 2"Overall dimensions: 28-1/2" L x 7-1/4" W x 14-3/4" HShipping Weight: 79.00 lbs.
I ended up getting it on sale for $155. It was to cheap to pass up.

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That's the lathe I almost bought -- but when I got to the store, they'd sold out of that model ... ended up getting the bigger floor-standing lathe instead
I see you're from Mass, Duncuss.
Which store did you go to in your area?
My nearest decent store is Woodcraft in Portsmouth NH.
I have a Rockler in Portland but they're way overpriced.

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I see you're from Mass, Duncuss.
Which store did you go to in your area?
My nearest decent store is Woodcraft in Portsmouth NH.
I have a Rockler in Portland but they're way overpriced.
I'm blessed/cursed (depending on point of view) with:

- Woodcraft in Woburn (about 20 mins)
- Rockler in Salem (NH) (about 30 mins and tax-free)
- Rockler in Cambridge (about 30 mins but with sales tax)
- Harbor Freight in Danvers (about 30 mins)
- Harbor Freight in Nashua (NH) (about 45 mins, perhaps technically in Amherst)
- Lowes in Woburn (about 20 mins)
- Home Depot in Reading (about 20 mins) and Tewksbury, Somerville, Danvers, Waltham, Salem (NH), Nashua (NH), etc.

I'm planning to head over to the HF in Danvers today to pick up some gear for buffing -- a natural-edge bowl I'm working on is begging for a deep lustrous wax finish

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The bowl on the lathe was kind of green. So, I cut the top of the bowl out any. I brought it in and laid it on the vent. In one night, it cracked in serveral different places across the top. I learned a helpful lesson. I guess it would have been best to let it season naturally. thanks for all the replies. Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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I have talked to some turners that turn their bowls green and then store them in paper bags filled with dry saw dust for about a year to dry. fwiw

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I've tried everything. I rough them to aprox 1- 11/2" thick with a large tenon. It is gonna move. I've tried placing them in a home made kiln. Checked. Coated with greenwood sealer. Cracked. Microwave, Not. I have been placing them in a heavy paper grocery bag and covering them with the moist shavings from turning. I place them on a shelf and keep a check. I usually have to change the bag with very wet wood. I've had the best luck with this method.

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what Flip said works best
they still warp but dont check bad
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..covering them with the moist shavings from turning.

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Ahhh , now that sounds even more logical.

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Anytime you turn a "Green" bowl you need to turn it to about 10% of the overall diameter. I usually leave mine to about 3/4-1" thick depending on the bowl size. After that I seal the endgrain of the wood with anchorseal. Let that dry for an hour or two and place some shavings in a paper bag, put in the bowl and add more shavings to cover the bowl. Fold down the top of the bag and staple it shut. Write on the bag wood type,and date. Put it on a shelf for about 5-6 months and re-turn and your done. While your waiting grab more wood and make more bowls. Before you know it you will have bowls stored all over the shop ready for re-turning. Then all the fun and beauty of bowl turning begins.
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I don't bother stapling the paper bag shut, just fold it over a couple of times.

That way, I can take the piece of wood out every second or third week, brush the shavings back into the bag, and weigh it on a digital scale. I note the date and weight of the piece on the outside of the bag.

When it stops losing weight, it's at equilibrium ... ready to be finish-turned.

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Thanks for the replies. Sounds easy enough and simple. The wait is the hardest part I'm sure. Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. And thanks again for all the help.

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The wait is the hardest part I'm sure.
It was only hard when I didn't have enough fresh wood to put on the lathe

As soon as I inherited a stack of pieces from a maple that was felled a few houses away, I was quite content to turn fresh pieces and bag them -- I enjoy turning the fresh wood more than finishing, the shavings fly thicker and faster than when the wood has dried

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