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#1 posted 11-23-2010 04:16 PM

Whenever someone asks for advice on getting a starter lathe I feel an obligation to say the following – -

To enjoy any success in turning you have to have sharp cutting tools and a good way to consistently sharpen them is essential. I advise people to not try sharpening by hand without a jig. In my opinion, you need a grinder and a jig like the Wolverine jig or something compatible. There are varying opinions about whether it should be a slow speed grinder or regular speed grinder and whether you need an 8” instead of a cheaper 6”. The point of this paragraph is to make you aware that there will be other expenses associated with starting to turn that you may not be thinking about.

Also – - You do not need the real expensive cutting tools, but I advise you to also avoid the real cheap stuff.

I don’t want to discourage you – I just want to make you aware of some additional expenses that will come your way if you want to start turning.

Regarding lathes – - A bench top is great for turning pens and other small items. However, most people outgrow their bench top lathes and want a floor mount with more capacity eventually. An adequate floor mount lathe does not cost much more than a bench mount and, in the end, that is probably what you will want.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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