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    Question about HF Mini Lathe

    I'm new here and new to wood turning as well. I have tried to search the site for info about the HF 10"X18" mini lathe, but the results seem to be everything but what I'm looking for.

    I just bought the HF mini lathe, 1/2hp, 10" x 18", cast iron bed. It looks very similar to other machines I see in the market like Rikon, Jet, Turnercrafter, Delta, etc.; they all appear to come from China.

    My question is: does anyone here know where I can find an extension bed for this machine? Harbor Freight does not seem to have one. Would an extension for one of the other brands work?

    I happened across a thread recently that touched on this subject, and someone bought an extension from Amazon they thought would work, but now I can't find that thread again.

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    I remember a thread on another forum, I think woodnet, that someone bought a red extension that worked. I assume it would be from Penn State because of the color, but not sure. A call to their cust. service might give you some insight.

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    Someone on here did it but I can't remember who...
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    Here it is

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    "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
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    Don that's the one I was thinking of....didn't think it was here. Thanks for finding it.
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    Thanks guys, I checked it out and ordered the PSI extension, $25 plus shipping; came to just over $40 total. Guess I need to find me some HF green paint now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Harmon View Post
    Thanks guys, I checked it out and ordered the PSI extension, $25 plus shipping; came to just over $40 total. Guess I need to find me some HF green paint now.
    Nah, just consider it an early Christmas present... you know Christmas colors are red & green....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Harmon View Post
    Thanks guys, I checked it out and ordered the PSI extension, $25 plus shipping; came to just over $40 total. Guess I need to find me some HF green paint now.
    HF may have some touch up paint available.
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    Michael,
    That was me that had the lathe extension, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Mine has worked beautifully for me.
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    HF lathe

    If you go online to HF they do in fact have a bed extension you might have to call and ask I bought one after I bought my lathe it was $100 or so and works really well

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