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    Darn - now I need a lathe . . .

    Hello :

    A few weeks ago I posted how my family had seen a turning demonstration at the New Jersey State Fair in Sussex NJ, and how they urged me to take an intro to spindle turning class at my local Woodcraft.

    We'll the class was Saturday and it was fun. 4 hours of a quick into to spindle turning - gouge, parting chisel, skew chisel and smaller gouge . . . bang bang bang. . .

    I enjoyed the class but I'm a self education kind of guy. I walked away thinking that the logical approach is to get a lathe, tools and sharpening equipment and work at it for a little while. Find out what I need help with and learn however I can - online, videos, classes . . .

    Tonight I see a Jet Mini lathe for sale on CL that is the same lathe I used at Woodcraft. It a Jet JML-1014 with an extension bed for $250.

    Would this be an appropriate beginner's lathe? At some point i MIGHT outgrow it, but should I go for a electronic variable speed instead of the pulley adjustmet this model has?

    Thanks

    Jim

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    i would say it is a good one jim. i started out on jet's mini, then moved up to the next bigger lathe (this is back when jet's lathes were blue).
    benedictione omnes bene

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    That whooshing sound you hear is the sucking of the Vortex. Resistance is futile.

    That sounds like a good price on the little Jet. It's a good lathe, and a lot of people keep them even after they upgrade to bigger machines. The EVS is a nice feature, but for that price, I'd think you could start with that one and sell it for what you paid if you decide later that you want the EVS model. (By then, you might be looking at the 12-20 midi lathe, too.)
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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    Dan and Vaughn:

    Thanks for the confirmation on what I was thinking . . .

    The "project" at the end of the class was to turn a dried flower vase from a piece of walnut provided by the teacher. I'm happy with how mine came out for having a 3 whole hours of experience . . .

    Cheers

    Jim
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    Very Nice and welcome to the abyss.. a whole new world on consumer spending...
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    remember jim, if you stay strong, and don't listen too much to those spinny guys (the cookies arent that good, they have raisins), you can be like me and stay at the event horizon of the spinny zone vortex....
    benedictione omnes bene

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    Nice-looking little weed pot, Jim. It looks a lot better than many of the bonkers a lot of guys turn as their first project -- mine included.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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    Once you go round, you will never return....

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    Jim, looks great from here! And like Vaughn, that's a WHOLE lot better than my first couple of bonkers.
    -Ned

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    Welcome Jim...

    Nice first go. It's nice when the first one is a keeper, since it'll still be around someday to compare to after you become an expert.

    You might want to think about opening a separate checking account to regularly dump money into for your woodworking expenses. It's amazing how many tools 'n things you'll discover that you just can't live without. I mean, you know...stuff that's really, really important. heh heh. (Well, okay, joking...but then again, not joking).

    Cheers.

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