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    My Free Lathe

    As you may know I was given a lathe awhile back. While it is not a high dollar piece, it does what it is supposed to do. Done a little work to it since I got it. Made the rack for the tools, used a design I found here. Put a stiff bottom on it and locking casters. Oh and a new switch. Don't have that much invested, so I ain't out much.




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    That looks real good, Steve. It looks ready for another 50 or 60 years of service.
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    just dont get to hooked on the curlies steve stay the course and be Flat get your fix from the planes
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    I think I need to learn a lesson from you, and that's to make even the most basic things look good. You have been doing a great job of putting things together and taking your time to make them look and work good.

    I get in a rush and will just 'slap' something together, and then later wish I'd taken the time to do it right.
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    Brent, I am using it as part of my learning curve. I finish all my shop "furniture". I try and use something new each time. My shop is a collection of what works. Most built ins have OSB sides. It works and I had it here. Just I keep looking for that next great idea/ challenge. "I don't make mistakes, I have a wood stove to get rid of the evidence."

    I have 2 tables to build for a taxidermist friend. He told me not to get to crazy with them. Oh the ideas I have.

    When I was working on the dust buggy, my father in law came up. He said "you got that mad scientist look in your eyes again". That's just how I get sometimes. Fired up, juices get flowing and away we go.

    Sorry for the long post, must be the finish fumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    just dont get to hooked on the curlies steve stay the course and be Flat get your fix from the planes
    Yeah! What Larry said!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Brent, I am using it as part of my learning curve. I finish all my shop "furniture". I try and use something new each time. My shop is a collection of what works. Most built ins have OSB sides. It works and I had it here. Just I keep looking for that next great idea/ challenge. "I don't make mistakes, I have a wood stove to get rid of the evidence."

    I have 2 tables to build for a taxidermist friend. He told me not to get to crazy with them. Oh the ideas I have.

    When I was working on the dust buggy, my father in law came up. He said "you got that mad scientist look in your eyes again". That's just how I get sometimes. Fired up, juices get flowing and away we go.

    Sorry for the long post, must be the finish fumes.
    Steve, I too try to do things like that, I've worked hard at improving my way of working from slapping something together just to get it done, to trying to slow down a bit and make it better, it is not easy for me, I'm always pressed for time, but now I'm doing better at looking a week or months down the road, instead of just what I can get done on a Sunday.

    Your lathe looks great, I got a similar one from a buddy in the US for the price of shipping, it is what got me hooked

    Don't worry about these flat ONLY guys, they are just jealous
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    I don't know if they are jealous or not. The thing is addicting, that's for sure. Neighbor came over and played with it a bit. Now he wants to make stuff.

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