of course like all addicts i couldn't wait, so i bolted it to a chunk of lvl i had laying around used a hinge to mount the motor and old lawnmower belt for power. threw it all on a couple of saw horses centered up a piece of pressure treated spindle and off i went.
my first time on a lathe since woodshop way back in 1973. kinda by eye this was my first attempt at copying a beachmaster jr swimmer.
yup, no problem. i got a lot to learn but being a finish carpenter at least working with wood and power tools isn't like a foreign language. now if the three years i spent hand spraying (glazing) toilets for american standard (25 years ago)translates to reasonable painting skills i should do ok. i've got no art but i'm good with my hands and i'm persistent.
so for now i'll waste the ton of pt i got kicking around for practice and hopefully by fall i'll be able to put together at least a reasonable facsimile of working swimmers and needles.
the pt was just for practice and i have plenty. it was pretty cool,last night i was turning some diferent variations of needles i'd been thinking about and my wife came out took a seat right in front of the lathe and was actually interested. it was maybe the fifth or sixth time she's been out to the barn in the four years we've been here. (it's far from high tech or clean)
got my eye on some maple cutoffs left on the job. i've noticed i don't look at scrap wood the way i used to.
wtg scone...your screwed now....you will find yourself making time to turn plugs this comming winter...and everything else will take a back seat. this stuff is more addicting than crack ever thought about being.