Susan’s Great Turnout!

April 8th was an exciting day for Susan Dollar, her new Jet 1642 was delivered!

Larry Ludke, Ryan Ludke, David Van Giesen, Ben & Char Alexander all converged on Susan’s house to set up the lathe.  Susan is “building” a shop inside her two car garage by using one bay for her woodturning.  As usual it took us about 20 minutes to set the lathe up and do a test run.  Her floor was level which simplified the project.

Once the lathe was set up, Larry, David and Ben worked on building a “weight box” between the legs.  The box is made from 2×6’s and half inch plywood.  The box is loaded with 12 cement “cap” blocks that weigh about 32 pounds apiece.  This will dampen any vibration created when turning rough blanks.

Susan served faux Champagne and hors d’oeuvres to her work crew.  A great time was had by all!  David and Ben brought lathe warming presents of bowl blanks for Susan.

Later that evening Mike Ilkiw came over to Susan’s and had a mentoring session to get her started working!

written by, Ben Alexander
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