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Offline Joe d

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Christmas came early this year
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:06:36 PM »
Hi all

Been a while, I've been working out-of-town since mid-June.  I'm back home now, and look at what followed me here...



One of the ubiquitous Chinese lathes, this one is 10 x 18, badged as "Craftex"



So, new lathe needs a new bench... :proj:



and finally found a use for the 1/4" thick arborite that I scored off of one of the neighbours twenty years ago



Still have to make the drawers, and beg, borrow, or steal an engine hoist to pick up
400 lbs of lathe from the floor to plunk it down on the bench.

This will be a whole new range of stuff for me after working exclusively with a Taig (Peatol) lathe.

Cheers, Joe 

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2012, 11:24:58 PM »
Joe

Merry Christmas. Is it really that time already? I'm still looking forward to Indian Summer. That looks like a nice present that followed you home. That bench certainly looks like it will be sturdy enough to handle the lathe. I hope that you get a chance to use it before they send you out of town again. Thanks for sharing it with the crew.

Cheers  :beer:

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2012, 02:27:01 AM »
This looks to be the start of a great adventure/ friendship, Joe!   :drool:

Hope you all get on well together.   :thumbup:

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2012, 08:09:25 AM »
Very nice Joe  :thumbup: :clap:
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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 10:19:06 AM »
Very nice. That bench looks rather sturdy!

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2012, 04:54:11 PM »
Joe   :wave:

Welcome to the club; same happened here across the pond, Christmas/birthday/anniversary ..all at once, have done the majority of garage conversion & now looking at setting up & testing my new toys, just trammed my 'Chinese' mill (badged as Warco WM16) tonight, all looks good. Keep us posted on your developments, as I intend with my blog.

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2012, 11:19:55 AM »



 :clap:

Well, finished the bench, lifted the lathe by using pry-bars and cribbing,



and here we are!



 :ddb: :ddb: :ddb:

Let the fun begin.....

Cheers, Joe

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2012, 11:25:29 AM »


  Very nice setup. Excellent job on the bench.

  Ron

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2012, 11:02:03 PM »
Great job and looks the part. Those draws will be handy.

Dave

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2012, 04:18:30 AM »
Joe.

I think the word is purposeful :thumbup:

Blummin well done!  :clap: :clap:

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2012, 05:40:24 PM »
Liking that work bench!  :thumbup:

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2012, 06:07:59 PM »
Great bench Joe.
Has your wallet seen the size of those drawers! there gonna need filling you know :bugeye: :drool:

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Offline Joe d

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Re: Christmas came early this year
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2012, 09:55:56 PM »
Hi guys

Thanks for all the comments, I've got to admit that I do enjoy the wood-working stuff as well, so the bench was not
any sort of punishment for me....  :loco:

Used the machine for the first time yesterday, fittingly enough, it was to modify a bolt to attach a QCTP  :dremel:

The drawers are filling up nicely already, freeing up some workbench horizontal surfaces that have been storage areas
for quite some time.  This of course, will not last :lol:

Cheers, Joe