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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 08:18 PM

A chuck is a GREAT investment. The HF chuck won’t fit the lathe you want though. (I have that lathe and was looking at that chuck). The least expensive decent chuck I found was the WoodRiver chuck at Woodcraft.

A set of calipers, the feeler gauge kind, not like actual measuring calipers. Again Woodcraft has a set of inside, outside, and curved for like $24.99, which is less than I paid for my BigHorn ones off of Amazon.

If you don’t have it set up yet, a good bench grinder / sharpening setup. (You COULD build a jig if you want to…).

Series of grits of wet / dry sandpaper, and a piece of hardboard for a honing platform.

Face Shield. Safety glasses don’t protect you from a broken nose if something flies off the lathe…

TONS of sanding sponges of various grits.

Plywood, and screws to make a shelf on the base.

Bags of concrete to act as ballast on that shelf.

I am sure I missed something…

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