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Posted on Hey Turners, what am I getting myself into?

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 07:02 PM

you are getting yourself into trouble!

From the sound of it you are similar to me – not into turning furniture parts, but more into making smaller turned projects. a mini-lathe would be perfect for most small work – excluding larger bows where you want a larger diameter capacity on the lathe – either a larger lathe, or a lathe with a rotating hear that you can rotate 180 and away from the bed (making it practically limitless for bowls sizes) – you should check the Delta midi lathe which has all those properties and was recently reviewed here on LJ. if it was me- I’d go with that one.

as for tooling – depending on your projects, you’d need some chucks, cutting tools, and sharpening supplies and finishing supplies – you should start with a gauge, parting tool, and a scraper which would cover pretty much all the work you’d want to do, then see what else might work for you down the road.

as mentioned -buying used makes it easy in the sense that you get everrything in one place, but may or may not be what you’d WANT…

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