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Posted on Best wood to use for lathe practice ?

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#1 posted 08-28-2012 10:51 PM

Dan said, ”from Harbor Freight so the tools can’t be very good”
I ressemble that remark. My lathe and tools came from HF and they are fine thank you ;^)

Seriously, they do sell a couple of decent lathes and they sell some quality challenged tools as well.
Depends which one you got.

But, In my opinion it doesn’t have to be a $1000 setup to learn on and see if you like turning.

The lathe tools they sell that are HSS have natural finished, light colored handles and come in a wooden box.

I turned my first piece, a baby baseball bat, about 12” long, from Fir, because that’s what I had laying around.
Not the best choice of wood. Fuzzes up if you try to scrap it, had to learn the skew right away.

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