Brushmakers Forum- calling all Turners

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by jtspartan, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. KUSTOM

    KUSTOM Well-Known Member

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    There's a shop here in town that has a stack of reclaimed Teak from Myanmar. $30.80 per board foot. Most of it is 2X12 so $61.60 per linear foot. So expensive but so nice!
     
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  2. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

    Guys , I'm looking for a lathe and need advice. So far I've only found a few available in Canada, which are King, Rikon, Craftex and Delta. Dont want to blow the budget but want something reasonably durable, reverse chuck, and around 1hp. Any help appreciated.
     
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  3. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    A used lathe off the Canadian equivalent of Craigslist (sorry, I don't recall the name) might be a good option. I would encourage you to wait until you find something in your budget rather than jump the gun.

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  4. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    See below.
    I'm still watching for a used table top sized, myself. Maybe later something large enough to do big bowls. When fortune and chance align. This is more for fun than profit so I don't expect it to pay for it's self.

    Having spent near 20 years in a wood shop I feel good about the machines Delta made in the early 1990's. From China but built well, the 6" X 89" belt sander, radial arm saw, jointer & shaper (jumbo floor standing planer & router) that the boss bought served well. Delta only currently lists one lathe at $650.00 which puts it out of Hobby range. You'd still need gouges unless you made your own. Now if you had a forge...

    If I had eggs, I could have steak and eggs, if I had steak. ;)
     
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  5. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    Well, it really depends on what you want to spend. Your desire to have a reversable head is limiting you to big machines, imho. One of the worlds top lathe companies is Canadian- called Oneway. They start at $2500, though. Craftex at Busy Bee Tools is apparently a decent machine for around $1000. The table top Rikons at Lee Valley are good, but also pricey. I paid $500 for a Delta lathe, but it was 20 years ago!
    If cost is an issue, Used is probably your best bet if you can be patient. You are very mechanical, so shouldn’t have a big problem dropping a 1 HP Baldor in something you get a good deal on.
     
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  6. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

    Also found a King 12"×18" for $540 cdn plus tax , free shipping. Bed extension is 100 bucks if i need it.Any thoughts on that machine? Im trying to stay under $1000 for lathe and tools. My friend has a good used one but he cant seem to give me a price on it. Thanks fellas
     
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  7. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

    Seems to be alot of machines made in China now.
     
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  8. KUSTOM

    KUSTOM Well-Known Member

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    A Nova Comet II would do the trick if you can get it to Canada for a reasonable price.

    3/4 HP, reversible, adjustable speed, can be extended.
     
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  9. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    They are available in Canada at KMS Tools. $649 for the tabletop, $1100 for the 16" floor model.
     
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  10. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    Casually mention how much you'd spend on a new one and how you'd pay XX bucks for a decent used unit. Could light a fire in his mind if he's really ready to sell. If he's not using his, but needs the money... you both win!
     
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  11. kfbrady

    kfbrady Well-Known Member

    I have a Jet mini lathe 10" swing, 15 1/2" between centers, 3/4hp, that I bought almost 20 years ago for - if I remember correctly - under $400. I do have a bed extension and a stand for it but it's pretty solid and works very well on a workbench with a Nova chuck. I've made a lot of smaller things like pens, wine bottle stoppers, pepper and salt mills, etc. with it. It should be perfect for brush handles.

    Since retiring and downsizing to a house with no basement it also stores well in my garage.
     
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  12. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    What is the name of the brush you PIFed to me? (green&white handle, something worthy about the knot?)
     
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  13. canoeroller

    canoeroller Well-Known Member

    If you are thinking of a used lathe, you might want to consider a Shop Smith. They have since the 50's and many of the original machines are still going. While not table top by any means, the ability to convert them into other tools does save a great deal of space. You should be able to find one in good shape for under $500. They are not the best lathe but are steady and reliable machines.
     
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  14. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

    Guy with used lathe called me yesterday again. Still no price , so I asked for pics and then told him I'd make an offer. He owes me $$$ so maybe this is the route to take . All i know about it so far is 3" between centers and it reverses . Comes with a bunch of chisels.
    My other option is the King 12x18 . 1hp variable speed. Home Depot priced matched and beat another place by 10% and free shipping. Comes to $540+ tax.
     
  15. kfbrady

    kfbrady Well-Known Member

    3” between centers?

    Are you sure?
     
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  16. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    Watchmakers lathe? I passed on one of these because it was very limiting on the length of stock that could be turned.
     
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  17. canoeroller

    canoeroller Well-Known Member

    My son makes shaving and makeup brushes as a summer job. ( I don't think he will ever push a lawn mower) He sells them at local farmer's markets and craft fairs. These are not exactly him turning, but he is gearing up for the summer markets. The first is an image of handles that are in process. He will spend a few hours turning, clean out the dust, and then start finishing the handles. He waits to glue in the Knots until he has a large lot of handles ready.

    Competed brushes....
    for market.jpg
    a bunch in process

    in process 2.jpg
    Handles waiting for knots
    wait on a knot.jpg
     
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  18. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool..
     
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  19. canoeroller

    canoeroller Well-Known Member

    And this is his display, at one of the markets he attended a while ago. farmers market cropped save.jpg

    The bottle stoppers are his shaving brush fails....
     
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  20. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool ,bravo..
     
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