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Blog entry by recycle1943 posted 01-10-2015 12:38 AM 1560 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been told that buying a lathe is akin to buying a boat in that it’s a never ending need this or that. Well, I need tools and I need to know how to use them. So it’s a double whammy in my case, never had a lathe and don’t know how to use it. I just know I’m in for a lot of fun.
Without getting a mortgage on the house, is there some decent tools available and videos to show how to use them ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup



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cajunpen

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 01:04 AM

Congratulations Dick. I would start with some Easy Wood carbide cutters, that way you can start learning how to turn without having to also learn how to sharpen. As for videos on turning, there are some great sources out there – Cap’n Eddie Castelin is a good one, also take a look at Carl Jacobson, he has a bunch too – there are so many out there, it’s easy to find some great info. Mike Waldt has an excellent series for beginning turners.

Good luck with your adventure, it’s another great tool to the arsenal. I’ve also got a Nova lathe – the are very dependable pieces of equipment. Give me a call before you starting thinking about buying a chuck (unless you got one with the lathe).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 01:12 AM

Bill,
I managed to find a nova comet 11 with a G3 chuck included $500 delivered new from CPO

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 02:04 AM

Dick,
I know a lot of woodworkers frown on tools from Harbor Freight, but like you, I bought my first lathe with accessories from HF and they have worked to my satisfaction nicely.
You can get a set of turning tools fairly inexpensively, and should you wish to go further later you can go for the expensive one. I went this route because I never turned before and wanted to see if I was interested, and because my turning will be limited, mostly drawer & door pulls on furniture.
As for instructional videos, YouTube is great. Those mentioned above are really good, and if you just search for: lathe, bowl turning, spindle turning, using a skew chisel, etc., you’ll find a million of good ones.
Enjoy your new toy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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ca8920

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 06:15 AM

Congrats Dick.

I second the Easy Wood Tools, but those carbide tips can get expensive so don’t pass up the chance to learn the use of steel tools in addition to the carbide tools. I started with a 3/4” roughing gouge and still use it to remove a lot of material in a rapidly, then turn to the carbide for the detailed work. By using both I don’t have to buy the carbide blades as often.

There are a ton of turning videos on line, that will help you get started.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada, https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongTouch

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waho6o9

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 04:34 PM

Congrats on the wood lathe Dick.

May I suggest you purchase a full face mask and a respirator.

Have fun and ride that bevel.

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 05:17 PM



Congrats on the wood lathe Dick.

May I suggest you purchase a full face mask and a respirator.

Have fun and ride that bevel.

- waho6o9

Have one already – probably need to change the filters tho because they are designed to filter fumes from paints and clear coats

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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Roger

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 05:50 PM

Yep, I’d follow Bills advice. I’m not really sold on those “Easy Wood Tools” tho. I have one, but it definitely has acts different than an ordinary bowl gouge. You Tube is a gr8 place for “how-to” vids on turning. There are plenty of really good wood turners here on LJ’s as well. Work/Play safe. I had to come back to give you this link that I just found in my email: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFvphMpJ5l4&index=2&list=TLEw9Phwy1dzM

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Rick M

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#8 posted 01-12-2015 06:18 PM

FYI, it’s a Comet II, not a Comet 11, heh.

Carbides are worth having and the Easy Wood Tools are well made but don’t buy them. You can make a full set of carbides for 1/10 the cost of buying one EWT and they will perform equally well. But unless you really like sanding I suggest you also learn to use traditional tools. Brenden Stemp has many excellent tutorials and I highly recommend his channel.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYJ4e0XACGJQjJvfmVUcE-Q

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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recycle1943

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#9 posted 01-12-2015 09:19 PM

pataaatoes – patahtoes

Yeah, pretty sure I’m not buying any Easy Wood Tools. Sand paper and a hacksaw looks darn good compared to the price of those tools.

I’ve been watching videos in some feeble attempt to educate myself and I think it’s working. going to look at the one you suggest right now.

btw – thanks

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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