For anyone looking to get into woodturning, you should. It is an awesome feeling to turn the simplest of things. My first object was just a cylinder with little grooves but the feeling was great. I have had a used Jet 1236 lathe that I just looked at for about a year and always too afraid of using it and getting way too caught up in getting the tools sharp although I only attempted sharpening them once with epic failure results. I did countless hours of research on woodturning for beginners and although the pros made it look easy, I was hesitant. I broke down and was determined to just pony up. I bought some carbide cutter tips (EWT) and mounted them on a piece of steel and from there turned my first piece (the crappy cylinder widget).
So long story short, the lathe is awesome to use now and if you are thinking about starting, just do it and dont get caught up on all the details except the safety details, always get caught up in those.
Next is to figure out how to properly sharpen the traditional tools…
Happy turning all.
-- 15 hours of youtube tutorials and research for my 20 min project...might need to rethink this...be back in 15 hours