• Announcements

    • General Usage   05/10/2017

      If someone is acting badly, either in a forum or a private message, please report it. There are conveniently located buttons for sending the post to the moderators. 

Harbor Freight Lathe (WoodWorking)

6 posts in this topic

Posted

Has anyone picked up one of these?

https://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-x-12-inch-bench-top-wood-lathe-95607.html

It's super cheap, and Kelly wants to get into turning pens, don't want to use the Sherline for this.

Also, we don't have a Harbor Freight here, so..... :-)

I know it's cheap, $80, and shipping would be about $110, but then, it's cheap....

Thoughts?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

I'd check it out in person if at all possible.  I don't buy anything at HF that spins at high speed, or supports any substantial amount of weight...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

I have one and use it once in a while. Like all HF power tools, the on/off switch (in this case the variable speed control) is flaky. If you want to turn pens, you'll have to get more chucks/tailstocks and perhaps cutting tools; these add on's could equal the price of the lathe.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

Yep, pen turning is all about the mandrels.  It's a #1 Morse taper, just make sure the mandrel is a #1.  A Pen Press is handy, too, if you don't have a wood working vise to press the brass inserts into the blanks.  And the thing (I forget what it's called - barrel trimmer?) that cuts the blank flush with the brass insert.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

I've been turning for a little while, have most of the basic tools, it's neat with the Sherline though, I can make exact straight cuts across the pen like a straight razor!!!!

She likes the no gloss finish, bare wood, I am tending to agree.

Thanks, guys!

Will see if she wants to cough up the dough...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted

No gloss finish?  Come on.  SHINY :D:D:D RULES!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now