I have been a computer geek most of my life, and have come to the point in my life that I needed something to “tear up” to vent some of ”life’s frustrations” I was drafted by my neighbor “tinman_362”
I have come to find that this is a relaxing hobby and very fulfilling. The hobby appeals to my meticulous nature, and I will have something that will fill my house with trinkets, and furniture worth keeping or passing on to other family members.
What I’ve learned so far with the lathe.
1. Buying a quality tool cannot be stressed enough. I have no regrets spending 300-500 on a good tool, because I “know” if I ever decide to get rid of it, then I wont have problems re-capturing some $$ on Craigslist.
2. Go for broke, I have learned much from my neighbor, including that if you don’t push yourself, you will never feel the rush of completing something that you thought you couldn’t do before you started the project.
3. Don’t pass up the rusty old tool that’s priced to move. There have been many “diamonds in the rough” found at an estate sale
finally, in this industry there is a lot of do’s and dont’s I have always believed that you learn by trying, not by cautiously following every nay-sayer (and there are a lot of them)
-- "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." ~Chinese Proverb~