Indy Cindy

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About Indy Cindy

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    Woodturning, useful and/or decorative objects, furniture.

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  1. My first lathe was a Delta midi lathe which appears to be similar to the Rikon. I made many things on that lathe over 3 years until this year when I upgraded to the Jet 1642 which I love. I still have the Delta which I also love. For me turning became my primary passion, but going into it you just don't know if you will like it and it is hard to want to plunk down 2 grand or more on a big lathe when it might turn into a coat rack. Heck, I thought $700 for my small lathe was risking a lot of money. So I do recommend starting out with a modest sized lathe such as the Rikon or the Delta, and if/when you upgrade I recommend the Jet 1642. Lots of bang for your buck.
  2. I'll be watching. I expect they (Ellen and producers) learned a lot from the first season and it will be an improved show. Looking forward to it!
  3. For me it is a lathe. Changed my life, literally. Turning has become my passion.
  4. Check out this product. Nice size (46"x93"), nice price ($US19.99), warm and cushy underfoot.
  5. Thought about it but love the house and location. Now I have power so staying put!
  6. No problem. Attached garage but we have a big tri-level with power coming in from the exact opposite corner from the garage and attics over the three levels of the house that don't quite match up. We had 3 bids and 3 entirely different approaches to the problem. 1st guy never came back with a bid after repeated prompting. 2nd company wanted $5k and had an unnecessarily complicated approach, 3rd company was more common sense and cost the $2.6k. We ran a line out from our house panel, under a deck, around the corner of a brick patio, up a wall into the garage soffit and attic over to my half of the garage and down to install the 60 A sub panel. Four 20 A circuits were run from there. Up until now I had one 15 A circuit in the garage and I ran an extension cord into the house for another 15 A circuit so I could run my shop vac. I'm really happy now to have more power! In the grand scheme of things on how much money I spend on this hobby it is worth it. I now have light (yay!) and a big lathe (yay!) and am ready to install an air cleaner (yay!). I have family visiting for the last week and am looking forward to getting out there and putting it all to use.
  7. Price is not the point. I had the GFCI outlets already installed as part of the electrical upgrade. The lathe would not run on GFCI. The only question was whether or not a non-GFCI outlet could be installed in place of the GFCI outlet so I could run the lathe. The electrician did so and all is good. Also, FWIW the lathe is >$2K (sales price), electric installation in garage was >$2500. We're not quibbling about $30, just the ability to run the lathe. All other circuits in the garage are still GFCI protected.
  8. Okay then, here is the first piece off of the Jet 1642. Sycamore hollow vessel, 5"D x 5"H. Here it is in progress on the lathe. I almost didn't even install the guard grid work but I'm finding it surprisingly easy to get used to and I do feel safer. It is astonishing how quickly something can fly off the lathe right at your head. I plan to carve it into something like this work in progress, Ash wood, using techniques I learned in a class with J Paul Fennell. Quite a bit yet to do on this piece.
  9. I'll see what I can do. I have family coming to visit next week, staying for a week, and I'm still getting ready. But I gotta try it out!
  10. And we have power! Swapping it out with a non GFCI 20 amp outlet worked.
  11. I had to google cigar lighter, not part of my world. Kind of cool. Thanks for the graphite offer Brendon, but I don't even recall what I had in mind using it for so I'd better pass.
  12. What kind of torch are you talking about at a liquor store, a butane fire starter? I was thinking propane torch for soldering.
  13. Teri - Good for you for attempting this! It shows a lot of love. I would keep going and in my opinion sandpaper is your friend. You can do a lot with sandpaper wrapped around a block of wood. Start with 100 grit and sand the rough 'flat' edges so they are more uniform. Don't dig into the lower portions, rather keep the block flat and sand the higher rough portions down to the lower. After that go up to 120 and 180 grit, maybe 220 but as this is a rustic piece 180 is probably fine. I haven't looked at the design, is there a piece that goes on the front to keep the bottles from falling out? Also, you will want to soften all of the edges by rounding them with the block of wood to make them easier on the hands. To be clear these are just the edges that a person might touch, not the edges making up a joint, i.e. bottom to the side. Also, don't feel bad about non-straight cuts with a jigsaw. I find a jigsaw to be a very rough cutting tool and best used for cutting out basic forms to be followed up with some other more precise tool, or lots of sanding.
  14. Well, when all else fails read the manual. At the end of the grounding instructions it says that neither of the two 1642 lathes (i.e. 115 v nor 230 v) can be run on a GFCI circuit. I was starting to think it was just the 115 version and I was kind of regretting that decision. Okay then, we'll see if my electrician will swap out one of my outlets or if I have to go rogue. Update: they'll do it! Coming this afternoon.
  15. I decided to try starting the lathe at a set speed, I.e. not ramping it up from zero. It tripped the gf outlet immediately. So it is the motor which converts one phase to three phase that is the problem, not changing the speed. googling found a bunch of other people with this problem. A call to Jet might be in order, probably best done by my electrician who can understand the answer.