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Old 01-14-2009, 05:03 PM
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This time i realy got my lathe so excited have it pretty much all set to go.
best day of my plug building life for sure, all i need to complete it is the drill chuck and bits.
this is it not fully set up



all rite i thought i would post this cuz im so excited now i can feel more like part of the cite good turnin and fishing everyone!
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:05 PM
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o yea i forgot wut speed should i set it at for basic turning probly alot of cedars, its got speed from 500 rpm 1300 2000 or 2300 up to 3200
just wondering wut every one here uses
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:17 PM
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Good for you! Your next best day in plug building will be when you catch a cow on one of your own plugs
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:56 PM
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do i need to switch this live center with something else for thru drilling?


and last a few parts i don't no wut they are and they arent in the manual or pictures
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:12 PM
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congrats i really thinking about taking the plunge into building from scratch.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:29 PM
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Congratulations. Now you are going to get addicted and never look at a piece of wood the same way. When mother nature knocks over trees, you are going to be in your glory...especially maple and birch. Every fence company is a source for cedar. A tire weight never goes to waste. Even coat hangers have uses beyond hanging clothes. The boys at Cape Cod and NJ Tackle start to recognize the email address. You are in really big trouble now.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:27 AM
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do i need to switch this live center with something else for thru drilling?


and last a few parts i don't no wut they are and they arent in the manual or pictures
Nice lathe.
The long rod with the plastic knob is used to knock out the centers.
The little silver piece looks like the handle for the tailstock wheel.
I prefer to knock out the dead center from the headstock and put the chuck in there, and spin the drill bit and hold the plug against the tail center when through drilling, but that's just me. It works.

Keep the tool rest close to your work, take light cuts till you get the feel for waht you are doing, and always protect your eyes, face and lungs.

I use full speed for my turning and sanding, I slow it down to make marks with a pencil, but you should work at a comfortable speed to start. If something is making you uncomfortable, stop and evaluate what your doing.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:47 AM
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Congrats That is awesome.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:00 AM
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congrats on your purchase...your gonna love that machine.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:40 PM
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Congratulations.. be sure to level the bed, front to back side to side, this will keep the lather from "walking" around on the bench.... simply put a small level on the bed and adjust the feet up or down...

the long rod with the knob attached is as Ed said used to knock out the centers, it is also used to hold the head stock when adding or removing chucks or face plates, note the small holes in the hand wheel that match the end of the rod....

the other piece, as Ed said is for the tail stock hand wheel....

Small parts can be turned at top speed, odd shaped or off center blanks must be slowed down... remember to remove the tool rest when sanding.... things happen fast, I'd hate to see you loose a finger.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:26 PM
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roc do you use all the pieces it came with or change some cuz wen im carving the wood sometimes stops spinning on contact with the chisel, seems to have a terrible grip doesn't hold wood well
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:43 PM
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For most of the soft woods, cedars and such, just turning the tailstock wheel so it pushes the blank against the spurs on the dead center should be enough to force the spurs into the wood, so that it is firmly attached to the lathe.....this should keep the blank from spinning. With harder woods, I tap the blank against the spurs with a hammer, just light taps, to make sure the spurs bite in, and then screw the live center into the blank. You want the blank pretty firmly atttached to the lathe, to keep the blank from flying off the lathe and whacking you in the noggin. Or the face. Even when you do everything right, sometimes your chisel will dig in, or you find a crack in the blank, and bits and pieces can fly, it happens fast, wear a good faceshield.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:17 PM
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thanks.... tapping is the technique ive been using time to time wasn't sure if i should be doin tht tho ..thanks again
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