I finally got a chance to play with the lathe for a few minutes a couple of times this week. Just know that I am as green on a lathe as anybody ever has been, so this will be a slow (and hopefully not painful) learning experience for me.
I started with a 1 1/2×2 piece of pine… just to get a feel for roughing gouge a square into a cylinder. Other than the fact that pine is terrible for splitting out and I have little tool technique, it was a good start just to stand in front of the lathe and not make any major errors.
About as soon as I got a section of the pine round, I stopped and decided it was already time to move on to a piece of more appropriate wood. A small square of poplar from Lowe’s set me back about $6.
I repeated myself in that I was concentrating on making a cylinder… then a few graduations, but no plan or idea at all. I was / am just trying out the 8 tools for this and that. Some of them I don’t know their proper name or their use. For example, I think the one that is a half circle on the end is for bowls or hollowing, but I’m not sure. The pointed ones must be the parting tools to make straight lines down into the wood.
Somebody tell me, but I suspect that Poplar is not one of the better turning woods, either.
This makes a pretty quick mess, but it sweeps up easy and is light on the fine dust (versus sanding, table saw, etc.).
Another question: I will sharpen on a bench grinder. Should I go with a white Norton wheel ? What grit ? 100? 120? 150?
As always, any advise and tips for this lathe / turning beginner is welcome and appreciated. Thanks in advance.
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia