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Posted on What am I looking for in a lathe?

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 09:51 AM

You need a full size lathe, not a mini or midi. You will have to be working on 30-35” lengths for table legs. You need one with multi speeds, belt drive with step pullies is fine, just make sure you can get down to at least 400 RPM and up to maybe 1800-2400 rpm. Stick with name brands like Delta or Jet with a used lathe, you want to have parts available. If you intend to make legs for tables, chairs or anything else then get yourself a Lathe duplicator. They are not too expensive and there are plenty of plans online to build your own. Legs must match, and if you build a table and chair set, you’re talking a whole lot of legs that must be the exact same. No problem with a duplicator. Hope this helps a little

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