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Posted on ok so im about to buy a lathe. what else will i need?

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#1 posted 10-23-2009 08:00 PM

Depends on what you plan to turn. You will need specific things if you want to turn pens…..(at minimum a mandrel)...if you want to turn bowls…you might want to look at a chucking system (Technatool, Vicmark..OneWay..etc) may want to look at some different centers…and a drill chuck for your tail stock…..

If you are begining to turn…you might want to start with pens or bottle stoppers….they are easy…and a good way to learn things on the lathe, also the blanks are cheap/available and or easy to make. There are lots of beginner sets – with mandrels and accessories to get you started…a good source is

For bowl turning…you might want to pick up a dvd or book on the subject…David Ellsworth’s are pretty good…Richard Raffan….there are tons…or you can view alot of videos on You Tube…..

The rest of the stuff you should acquire as you progress and have a need….usually it is buy all the tool you can afford as you don’t want to buy a bunch of stuff you will have to upgrade….this is true with turning also….

There are usually alot of local turning clubs around (American Woodturners Association has a list on their web page) or do a search on the web… most of the tool stores have demos that they put on…these are great sources of tips, ideas and inspiration….

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