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post #1 of 6 Old 11-25-2008, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Now I've gone and done it!

I jumped into the abyss today, or rather tip-toed up to it for the last year and a half. But anyways, I went to Woodcraft today and purchased the Rikon Mini lathe. I asked about classes and they said they have beginner's classes about once a month or so.
Lucky for me I've got plenty of walnut, sycamore and silver maple to practice on.

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-25-2008, 10:17 PM
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now i'v gone and done it

Way to go,That was my 1st lathe and I'v had it about three yrs.I love it ,as it is one tough little lathe and there customer service is great.Although all I ever had to replace was the belt,but they have since upgraded that and the new ones are holding up with no problem.I actually cored out 11" bowls with the McNaughton,but that WAS kinda pushing it and got the NOVA 1624.Good luck and keep us updated on how you do.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-26-2008, 09:38 AM
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OH my god, thank you. You have single handedly saved the national debt because I know you will now be spending your life savings buying things to go along with the lathe. I tell my son that he can auction off all the stuff to make money when I die. If done in the dead of night he won't have to pay taxes on it.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-29-2008, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Between the lathe and a new water heater , I'd say we did our part clearing up the national debt. Also, I already have a list of accessories I NEED!

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-29-2008, 08:09 AM
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That's the same kinda thing I did about four years ago. I had just retired from the fire service and was driving by the local woodcraft store, which I had never been in. I went in, saw a jet midi sitting there and ended up taking it home. Along with three lathe tools, a few pen kits, and a receipt for about 300.00. So after that, in order to enhance my lathe experience, I have bought a new bandsaw, planer, buffer, a tormek grinder, a wolverine grinder setup, two sets of forstner bits, about two dozen turning tools, a bigger jet lathe, dust collector, and countless pieces of wood. I'm still waiting for my bailout......
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A year and a half ago I bought me the Rikon Mini and fell in love( don't tell wife wife). Since then I have bought me a larger Craftsman, but I still don't let dust settle on my Rikon. And yes we're all working to save the National debt... At least our little part.
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