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#1 posted 03-13-2010 03:19 PM

1. The Harbor Freight turning tools will be fine for a starter set, but you will out grow them quickly if you turn much. I still use my gouge from my cheep tools from time to time. I use them to make new shapes but you have to watch the temper.

2. Watch You Tube and get a book. It sounds like your best resource is selling you the lathe.

3. You will need a grinder for sharpening, lots of sandpaper and a good tape measure. After awhile depending on what you are turning you will need a shop full. I use my table saw, miter box, drill press, band saw, hack saw, plane, and a whole lot more in my turning.

4. Start with playing with a spindle. I still have the first practice piece that I ever made. It is nothing but practice cuts but it reminds me where I started. I have that piece in a basket by the fireplace with rolling pins. For your first real project make a rolling pin.

5. You will need calipers and you may want to get some wrenches, that way if you want to cut a 7/8 inch handle on a pin you can just pick up that wrench without adjusting your caliper.

-- I like to turn

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