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    Quote Originally Posted by mnealtx View Post
    Duh..... it's SHINY!!!!!

    oooh....shiny....

    Doon't gett sso exxcitted mnealtx.

    And besides...who ever said shinny?

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    I agree with the previous assessment of the mini lathe's. Good for cutting your teeth with but it is what it is. If I had to replace my entire lathe/mill setup and all the goodies that go with it I'd be well over 12K.
    I was taught 80% of what I know about machining by an old german man who was absolutely awe inspiring to watch work. I was 15 and had the luxury to learn on an industrial Bridgeport & Rockwell setup that was probably worth half a million even back then.

    Cisco is dead on, it's all about rigidity and unfortunately rigidity means size and weight. Size and weight means $. You could probably build some pretty decent mods with a mini, but atty. connectors and tight tolerances will be problem. Not the end of the world and it is only $500.

    I have to force myself to walk away from the garage. I have more ideas than time and find myself continually looking for a way to build a better mousetrap.


    Thanks for all the comments and encouragement, as soon as the clear-coat dries I'll put up finished pics of "CHUCK".

    Then I'll build a "LITTLE CHUCK".

    ...and then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by warp1900 View Post
    Doon't gett sso exxcitted mnealtx.

    And besides...who ever said shinny?
    Quote Originally Posted by warp1900 View Post
    Thank you Cisco,

    Whats with shiny smooth metals that we all like so much anyway?
    That'd be YOU, ya goober!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mnealtx View Post
    That'd be YOU, ya goober!!!
    L O L mnealtx.



    Quote Originally Posted by jeffakamax View Post

    Then I'll build a "LITTLE CHUCK".

    ...and then...

    Thank you Jeff for your insight , very interesting info and I see your point about spending only $500 to get started on something that seems so rewarding.

    That also takes me to another question since you mention how much $$$ it could cost...

    If you decided to part with it, would you be able to get a decent part of your investment back?



    I can't wait to see the little Chuck.


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    CHUCK AND LITTLE CHUCK




    and some others laying around the garage


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    That was fast!

    I love them , they look really good wow!



    Amazing job Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by warp1900 View Post
    That was fast!

    I love them , they look really good wow!



    Amazing job Jeff

    I actually fell asleep for an hour or 2 while waiting for the clear coat to dry.

    The pics don't do them justice!

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    Jeff, nice job, absolutely beautiful.

    warp1900:

    Take a look at used South Bend lathes. They can often be found for affordable prices, and as long as the ways are good, you should be fine. That said, I purchased a 9 x 20 grizzly about a year ago, and there are certainly problems with it, but it does work. For me it wasn't the price that was the issue, but size. I couldn't fit a large lathe in my Brooklyn apartment. Everything that has been said about the small guys is true, it does take a bit longer, there aren't near as many bells and whistles, but tolerances aren't bad. Resale value on large American lathes is pretty decent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sio2 View Post
    Jeff, nice job, absolutely beautiful.

    warp1900:

    Take a look at used South Bend lathes. They can often be found for affordable prices, and as long as the ways are good, you should be fine. That said, I purchased a 9 x 20 grizzly about a year ago, and there are certainly problems with it, but it does work. For me it wasn't the price that was the issue, but size. I couldn't fit a large lathe in my Brooklyn apartment. Everything that has been said about the small guys is true, it does take a bit longer, there aren't near as many bells and whistles, but tolerances aren't bad. Resale value on large American lathes is pretty decent.
    Great info sio2, and yes my only concern right now is learning how to use one. I am already looking at used South Bend lathes and tomorrow I will start searching for a shop that can teach me the basics (for some money I guess).

    Thank you






    C'mon Jeff , those look really nice to me on the pics.



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    Oh, I need a lathe!!!!!! Wish they were not so expensive....

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