Well, I'm 50 today, and this is very odd! I did not crumble into a pile of dust at the stroke of midnight! Unbelieveable!
Doorlink, of course, is of the belief that it will happen at midnight tonight. She has her broom and dustpan at the ready!
On the outside chance that that won't happen, I've done yet another crazy thing. Just back from buying 30 2x4s and 4 2x6s.
Why, you ask? Well, I prevailed upon Doorlink to let me order the lathe http://www.grizzly.com/products/G0462 . It seems like an awful lot of lathe for the money. I went to harbor freight yesterday to look at theirs, but by that time I pretty much had my heart set on the 462. I *did* pick up their lathe chisels, though. Anyway, I figure the griz is really a clone of something else, but I haven't been able to figure out what. The yorkcraft jointer I have is obviously from the same factory as the delta that costs twice as much, but could the griz really be the same machine as a $2000 jet 1642 lathe? Only real difference I can see is that the jet has one lower gear (min speed 450 vs. the griz's min 600). http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...1&cookietest=1
Maybe I'm missing something, and it's actually the clone of something else, but it looks close. I know there's someone here who has advocated for this machine, and that makes me feel a little better.
Only 2 real problems I can see with the griz (besides that the horsepower rating is certainly exaggerated). First, that minimum speed. Seems like it's pretty high for a very large turning. I guess that's a problem I'll have to live with.
The second? I suppose cast iron legs are a good thing? Better than the alternative, I suppose. But why does everyone make lathe stands, meant to decrease vibration, out of metal??? It seems really odd to me. Wouldn't you want something that would tend to dampen vibration, instead of transfering it (to, say, the floor, and thus to the building)?
Hence the big stack of 2x4s. I'm planning on making a stand very like a workbench (joint and plane the 2x4s, and glue em up so I've got something 26" wide, cut and mortise the 2x6s together into legs so I've got a very rigid stand. Does this sound to you like the dumbest idea in all of christendom? It seems rational to me, but then again I'm old, and maybe my mind is already going?