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  • #5369
    iansblog
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    So after quite a bit or reading I think I have selected my lathe the Record Power CL4 (http://www.recordpower.co.uk/product/professional-electronic-variable-speed-lathe#.VkHmDeL0SpE ).
    It has the variable speed that I have been advised would be a good idea and for my part I like the way the headstock can be moved to the centre of the bed bars before turning outward as I would like to do some platters and space in my work area will be limited, I figured that this would give me the best of both worlds.

    So onto my question after looking at the Adjustable Lathe Stand ( http://www.recordpower.co.uk/product/adjustable-lathe-stand-for-cl-series-lathes ) would I be better to build a bench?

    Ian

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    When I had my lathe mounted on the bench I had a cupboard underneath and it turned the bench into a soundbox.  It was so loud I could be heard in the house.

    I bought my new lathe (Axi AT1628) and went for the legs.  Not regretted it for a moment.

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    I do like the look of the AT1628VS but could not figure out of it was as flexible as the CL4 for positioning & turning the headstock.

    Thanks for the heads up on the sound box issue I had not thought of that, I guess the legs have it, a ZZ Top song springs to mind now 🙂

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    ed (the amateur) turner
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    Now got back online on my old laptop.

    The Axminster AT1628VS is the way to go. Great lathe I’ve had mine for nearly two years and it’s had a lot of use 🙂

     

    Ed

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    Sounds like I should hold off for a few weeks and get the AT1628VS, now I know the headstock can move around like the CL4 the extra few hundred pounds will be worth the wait, with a bit of luck everything will be in place before my course in January.

    Thanks to the call Ed it was a real help.

    Ian

  • #5409

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    If you can be patient and wait and get the 1628 with the stand you will not regret it.  I looked at the CL4 when I was buying and I decided on the Axi mainly due to the flat bed rather than the bars.

    Good luck!

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    Hi Ian

    I started turning back in March and like you spent the time researching the different lathes on offer. I joined the local woodturning club and pestered some members as to lathes they use and it was an eye opener to see the various ones in use.  I also visited our local Axminster and was able to try the 1628 they had in their working area, what a great lathe but unfortunately out of my price range due to the other items I had on my shopping list.

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="240"]My Lathe My Lathe & Bench[/caption]

    I managed to get a second hand Hegner HDB200 off ebay which I have been very pleased with but this came without a stand and as I am limited on storage space I decided to make a bench including storage. I had read of the issues with soundbox issues and stability. To get round this i used 6×2 top rails and formed a box running the full length of the bench and filled this with dry sand. This has made the bench very stable and I have no issues with soundboxing. (Don’t know if iv’e attached the picture correctly)

    Good luck on your journey into turning.

    Regards

    Adrian

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      Ian, looks like you tried to link to a photo on your machine’s desktop. You need to have the image hosted online for that to work I’m afraid, something like Photobucket would do the trick.

  • #5476
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    Hi Adrian,

    Thanks for the advice, space is at a premium for me so under the lathe storage would be nice.

    Cant see the picture but it would be good to see the bench design for ideas.

    Thanks.

    Ian

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    My Lathe

    Hi Ian

    I hope I have got the picture right this time. Computers and me are not really a good mix. Thanks Dunc for the heads up re Photobucket. It would be good if there were some instructions on posting pictures for us ludites.

     

  • #5501

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    Sorry. As I said i’m a Luddite and obviously not got this right.

  • #5510
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    No worries, I get the idea.

    I will post some photos up when I start to build my workshop and then post up a how to use photos thing if I figure it out 🙂

    Ian

  • #5514

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    Hi Ian

    The cupboard cost me about £85 in materials including drawer runners. The top rails are 6×2 and the section was boxed and filled with sand. The doors and drawers are from 18mm MDF and the top is 2x 18mm MDF stuck together.

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    So I have decided to go for the Axminster AT1628VS lathe with legs it should be with me some time in mid Feb I have also decided to devote a little more space in my garage to turning so I can fit everything in that I am looking to get.

    It’s getting quite exciting 🙂

    It will soon be time to visit Ed and pick up some other bits and bobs as well.

    Ian

  • #5761
    ed (the amateur) turner
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    Good choice Ian I bet you can’t wait to get started 🙂

    See you soon

     

    Ed

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