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#1 posted 03-13-2010 12:56 AM

I have a Jet Midi Lathe that I bought for about $250.00. When I bought it, it was the previous years model that was being discontinued. Mine does not have some of the ooh-aah features of some of the nicer ones, but it gets the job done. In my opinion, the thing that will eat you alive in a hurry if you are not careful is chisels and accessories. My personal recommendation is, start with a medium to lower cost set of chisels to start with and learn to sharpen. You will have to sharpen them more frequently, but they will help you to learn to sharpen them because you will get practice. You will also become familiar with the functions of the different types of chisels this way. Most importantly, you won’t be afraid to experiment for fear that you will ruin a good tool. Then once you start to develop some degree of skill and know more about what you would like to do, then you can invest in some higher quality tools with confidence. I still have the first set that I purchased from Harbor Freight and I will use those when I want to experiment with grinding a different type of profile for a different type of cut or something like that. They do not hold an edge very long (especially in a hard wood like rosewood), but they actually cut pretty well.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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