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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 12-15-2012 05:55 PM

Minimum is the lathe and the little faceplate, spur center and a center for the tailstock that it comes with. A live center is much nicer (with bearings). Add a set of turning tools. They don’t have to be that fancy. Three tools will do 95% of everything: A gouge, a skew, and a parting tool. Maybe a scraper but I don’t really like them. More tools will just be variations of these. Don’t jump in and get the biggest gouge. A smaller one is better if you don’t have a lot. The size of the gouge is the smallest inside radius you can turn (easily).

What you need after that to increase capabilities:

Next is the chuck for the tailstock. It adds the ability to bore through things on center.

Then something to hold pieces to the headstock. A chuck is one thing. Spiders or mandrels can be used for smaller stuff. You can also use the faceplate for many things with care.

Next thing that will increase the range of things you can do is a steadyrest that allows you to hold things that are longer than the chuck can hold on it’s own and still use the tailstock for drilling.

Many accessories for the lathe are pretty easy to make yourself.

Beyond that, there are lots of goodies you can get but are not mandatory.

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