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Old 07-19-2018, 02:51 PM   #1
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Someone is my neighborhood is selling this for $100. Lightly used. I know NOTHING about lathes. I like wood working. Making a bowl would be cool. Can I do that with this? What else can I do? Lady says table legs and baseball bats. Lol I don't want to make those.

https://www.harborfreight.com/12-inc...ead-34706.html

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Old 07-19-2018, 02:58 PM   #2
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Might be good to see if you like turning. Id imagine it would be easy to get your money back if you decide to upgrade at that price.

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Old 07-19-2018, 03:00 PM   #3
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Turn ink pen bodies, turn duck/varmit call bodies
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:21 PM   #4
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Yes it will work for what you want
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:21 PM   #5
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Turn ink pen bodies, turn duck/varmit call bodies
Zero interest in making those.

How big of a bowl could I make with this lathe?
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:26 PM   #6
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What's so special about bowls?
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:27 PM   #7
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Zero interest in making those.

How big of a bowl could I make with this lathe?
how big do you want to go?

The spindle swivels
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:39 PM   #8
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buy it, there is a high chance you will love it, turning is a great thing to be able to do and can enhance many wood working projects
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:40 PM   #9
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I think you can do up to a 10” diameter bowl with that setup and possibly 12”.
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:47 PM   #10
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What's so special about bowls?
Hahah idk MacGuyver I just have some cuts I made with my chainsaw that would be good for bowls.
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:51 PM   #11
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how big do you want to go?

The spindle swivels
What does "the spindle swivels" mean as far as size is concerned?

I think I have some tree trunk cuts that are 18" that would make cool platters.
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:53 PM   #12
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Slow and easy.....it will work!!
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:00 PM   #13
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For $100 just buy it and play with it and see if you like/use it.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:01 PM   #14
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im not expert on turning. But this might help you.

https://manuals.harborfreight.com/ma...4999/34706.pdf


If the head did not swivel you would be limited to twice the distance between the spindle and the rails.

I don't know how big you can go on that unit though,

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Old 07-19-2018, 04:11 PM   #15
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You're going to need a different chuck to turn bowls. For that you'll need a 3 or 4 jaw chuck. Or you could use a base plate that screws to the bowl blank. That's a less expensive option but a little more difficult since you can put the bowl in and out of the chuck. The chuck will likely cost more than the lathe unless that lathe comes with one.

***Edit...I clicked the link and it shows the lathe with the base plate to turn bowls. So as long as the current owner still has it and sends it with the lathe you'll be good to go for bowl turning.

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Old 07-19-2018, 04:20 PM   #16
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Yes the 3 or four jaw check will cost, but it’s a one time investment and in my opinion for a beginner makes setting up much easier. You just turn a tenon and grab with the chuck. I sold my setup to a member here as it was a beginner lathe (Riki’s) and I only turned small tooth fairy containers with lids out of spalted and flamed box elder. The girls loved them. It can be expensive but very relaxing and very rewarding.
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im not expert on turning. But this might help you.

https://manuals.harborfreight.com/ma...4999/34706.pdf


If the head did not swivel you would be limited to twice the distance between the spindle and the rails.

I don't know how big you can go on that unit though,
Thank you so much for this.

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You're going to need a different chuck to turn bowls. For that you'll need a 3 or 4 jaw chuck. Or you could use a base plate that screws to the bowl blank. That's a less expensive option but a little more difficult since you can put the bowl in and out of the chuck. The chuck will likely cost more than the lathe unless that lathe comes with one.

***Edit...I clicked the link and it shows the lathe with the base plate to turn bowls. So as long as the current owner still has it and sends it with the lathe you'll be good to go for bowl turning.
Is that the thing that the manual calls a faceplate?
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:29 AM   #18
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Went by yesterday and he does have the faceplate.
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Old 07-20-2018, 11:26 AM   #19
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Itís $329 new at harbor freight. Seems like a good deal if you want a lathe!


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